Marathon des sables

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Olivier DEPAIX (FRA)

"I look more like a stick insect"

At MARATHON DES SABLES, we can quickly see the regulars camping, outdoor life, nights a little "roots", those who do not have a habit of sleeping elsewhere than in a real bed. Olivier DEPAIX would be part of this second category: "I'm the type to rent a boat to swim in the open sea rather than go to the beach! I hate public transport. And hygiene ... It's a real problem, not to say anguish! " And yet Olivier, 42 years old, musician, is well registered at the 35th MARATHON DES SABLES!

Olivier DEPAIX à la baguette

Why did he embark on this adventure miles away from concert halls? "I only knew of MDS what everyone knows about it. And then a few months ago, much more than a friend told me about his adventure aspect, surpassing oneself. I was interested, and during an evening, with my two acolytes, our families, some jugs and the grandfather’s alcohol, we committed to live the adventure! "

Olivier DEPAIX et ses deux acolytes

Does he regret? Not at all, because with his two friends, he is sure to go to the end of the world. "One is a policeman, he saves the world. The other is a business creator, he makes this world live. And I am a musician, a minstrel, to make the world smile!" People who know him well believe him crazy, but Olivier knows what he's doing. Especially in terms of preparation: "For a little over a year now, I have been training every two days on different distances, on land that is just as good. I have lost so far 10 kg (one wonders where else because I have the appearance of a stick insect). "

 

A competitor who does not lack humor or empathy: the trio has decided to dedicate its race to the association "Les Bagouz’ à Marion" which works for children's cancer research. To date, they have already raised about 20,000 euros.

 

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