“We all do not forget that as youngsters, we did not discover it enjoyable to run. We have been even ready to make use of abdomen aches as an excuse to not go. It is subsequently a supply of delight to have 800 children registered on our mini-cross. Organizer of the Mont-Blanc Marathon with the Chamonix sports activities membership (10,500 contributors of 85 nationalities all through the weekend), Fred Comte is delighted with the rise in energy of the free races supplied for the little ones.
The mini-cross permits 800 budding path runners, aged between 6 and 15, to cowl 800 m, 2 km or 3 km in the Bois du Bouchet in Chamonix (with out elevation acquire), relying on their age, this Saturday between 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. And thus to style the environment of mountain races very early on, alongside mother and father, most frequently registered for the 10, 23 and 42 km of this main occasion.
“The young people leave like planes! »
“We would like to encourage them to manage their speed like in mountain races, but the young people take off like airplanes! It's huge to see their mass start, which looks like a sprint,” smiles Fred Comte. To keep away from encouraging a extremely developed aggressive spirit from an early age, removed from the world of path working, there isn't any longer a stopwatch or rating in these completely different youth classes, not like the first editions. On the different hand, a medal is obtainable to every participant who has reached the end line.
“Our two daughters, Lily [11 ans] and Pink [8 ans] understood this, says Aurélie Fricker, who came from Alsace with her husband to participate in the 42 km. They may be athletic, but above all they want to have fun on their first trail run. » A state of mind shared by Evan (6 years old), one of the youngest of the event, who will also experience his first time with a bib. “He can't wait to discover the atmosphere of a first trail race, explains his mother Audrey Mortz, a former professional basketball referee like her husband David, who also came with their family from Alsace. Evan loves skiing and the mountains, and for sure we passed on our love of sport in general to him. »
At 4 years old, Kelly was hiking with more than 1,000 m of D +
Don't talk about Pierre de Coubertin's motto to Eva (17), Enzo (15) and Kelly (12), determined to play for the win in the many races in which they participate, including in Switzerland where there are a real podium at the finish. It must be said that their parents Cyril and Gaëlle David met during an internship for the French championships in the young cycling categories, about twenty years ago. Embarked on the trail by Cyril, registered this Saturday on the 23 km, the David family, who lives on a plateau located above Evian-les-Bains (Haute-Savoie), clashes on the circuit.
“Three of our four children have been taking part in mini-trails for a very long time and they often win races in their category,” says Gaëlle David. As in 2018 on the emblematic web site of Zermatt. On a course of as much as 2.6 km (with 150 m of elevation acquire), “it was the jackpot for them”, since they'd all completed forward of their race. Only Tessa (2 years outdated), nonetheless too small to start out, can be content material to play the supporters this Saturday. Gaëlle David recounts this household fervor for path working: “It's actually nice to have been in a position to cross on our ardour for outside sports activities to them. From the age of 4, Kelly accompanied us with out flinching on hikes to the summit of the Dent d'Oche. [2.222 m], with greater than 1,000 m of D +.» He pursues :
We are at all times stunned by their performances, however this need to offer their all in the race actually comes from them. We aren't making an attempt to push them in that course. Sometimes the three of them go working collectively, in the night in the mountains round our home, for an hour. »
You have to be a minimum of 22 years outdated to register for the 23, 42 or 90 km
Eva David, registered for the 10 km together with her mom this Saturday morning, will be capable of take a look at herself on the Young Race subsequent season (from 18 to 22 years outdated, 15 km and 810 m of D +). One hundred and fifty younger runners can be in this excessive class this 12 months, which welcomes “the trail stars of tomorrow”, in line with Fred Comte. Because younger individuals underneath 22 are presently not allowed to take part in the 42 km, and even in a half-marathon, because of the vital distinction in altitude round Chamonix.
These prudent guidelines set by the French Athletics Federation (FFA) will most likely not forestall Eva, Enzo, Kelly and so many different younger mountain fanatics from tackling formidable distances someday. And so to supplant their mother and father.