Monaco Run 2019: Wanders & Hassan broke world records!

Reaching the zenith on the Principality’s racetrack

Prince Albert gave the official kick off for the 5km Herculis of Monaco Run, organized by the Monegasque Athletic Federation (FMA) this past Sunday, February 17, 2019, where two world records were broken!

In the Elites Femmes category, the Ethiopian/Dutch athlete Sifan Hassan, crossing the finish line in a time of 14:44, beating the previous record set by American Sarah Pagano at 15:48.  In the Elites Men the 22-year old Franco-Swiss athlete Julien Wanders, made it in 13:29, beating the former world record by just a second, holding both the 5km world record, and the European record for 10km and half marathon.

First edition of City Trail

For the first time the FMA collaborated with the Laureus Foundation, that will present their annual awards to high level sports people this evening in the Principality, to put the spotlight on the race. This association allowed for new competition formats such as the 1000m city trail, through Monaco streets from 11:00 to 17:00 between the Route de la Piscine and the Quai Albert 1er, opened to every runner starting at the age of eight.

It was a great opportunity for an enjoyable tour through the streets of the Principality on a bright sunny day.

There will be more novelties about this new format for the next edition, so the message to all is to keep training!

Pink Ribbon marching for breast health

The traditional Pink Ribbon Monaco Walk was well represented with over 300 participants of all ages, covering a new course from Monaco-Ville to the center of Monte-Carlo, under a sparkling bright sun. All wearing pink shirts, hats  or foulards, marched to create awareness for screening and prevention to attain breast health, under the sparkling bright sun. It was a welcome change from last year’s unpleasant weather.  Stephane Valerie, President of the Conseil National of Monaco, was on the front line together with Didier Gamerdinger, Minister of Health and Social Affairs, and Jacques Pastor, deputy to the Mayor of Monaco, to show their support.

The non-for profit Pink Ribbon Monaco association aims to create awareness on proper breast screening and raise funds through various campaigns and events. The donations are allocated to research and education, to develop better screening methods, with the goal of achieving breast health.

Pink Ribbon Monaco works closely with medical professionals to provide assistance and support when and where it is needed. With the backing and guidance of the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace, the association targets the areas in need of assistance and funding, providing useful information on local screening facilities.

Today’s quote

“One skill that separates good from almost good-runners is an ability to concentrate for an entire race, whether it is a mile or a marathon.”Kara Goucher

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