Dear friends and friends of the 20 km from Paris,
The 40th edition has kept all its promises under a beautiful blue sky, a festive atmosphere with entertainment at the top and a record of participation with 31 414 registered!
The presence of Mrs. Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, General Philippe Lavigne, Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Marlene Harnois, Tae Kwon do Olympic medalist to give the start proves the interest that wear the institutions for our race. We can also welcome the presence of the sponsor of the first edition of the 20 km of Paris, Michel Jazy, impressive record.
On the starting podium, the presence of former winners of the 20 km of Paris was a great moment: Thierrry Watrice, Pierre Levisse, Radhouane Bouster, Antonio Pinto and Philippe Remond. To crown this special edition, the victory in the Elite « Women’s » race, by Ophélie Claude-Boxberger, daughter of Jacky Boxberger, who had won the 20 km of Paris 36 years ago, is a symbol!
A race of our magnitude, worthy of the name, must constantly improve its organization but also modernize and innovate! This is what we did this year by creating the first edition of the « 20 Kids of Paris », a discovery race for children from 7 to 11 years who met a great success with just over 500 children. And to show our children the meaning of the word « solidarity », we organized this 1st edition for the benefit of the French Association of Lowe Syndrome (ASL).
But the solidarity of the 20 km of Paris does not stop there because, for the 2018 edition, it is not less than 16 solidarity associations that we will have supported and this, for the benefit of various beautiful causes (the wounded soldiers, research, sick children, migrants, homeless people, Africa, people with disabilities …). Thanks to the women and men who make up the organizing committee, we have strongly developed solidary support in recent years. This solidarity is our strength, our motivation and our reason to continue.
On behalf of the whole team of the organizing committee, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you, runners, volunteers, partners and service providers, who have been exemplary actors for the success of this great autumn festival. of running in Paris.
And for the celebration to continue, we are already on the preparation of the 2019 edition! So, I’ll meet you soon for new adventures.
Have a good sporting season
President of the « 20 kilometers of Paris »
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