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Diary of wannabe runners


4 April 2019

Today, a special announcement caught our eyes, in our Belgian Newsletter… Volunteers are wanted to run the Paris Marathon!

Even if the dare sounds crazy, in the first place, we all wonder asking ourselves: why not? Some of us are accomplished athletes, like Carl and Marc, who are both dreaming of taking on an even bigger challenge. The challenge which also stimulates Maarten, Lies, Johan and Odrique. Katrien and Nicolas are super excited by this announcement. Running a marathon? That has been on their bucket list since forever, and they both dream of checking it! Sien always wanted to set herself a better goal … She’s thrilled by the professional coach that will follow the runners to offer proper guidance, and by the fact that she would be part of the team. The power of the team is also what motivates Maya and Eef. They’re sure that with such a support, they could switch to a more active lifestyle.
Yes, we all have our reasons to embark on this incredible adventure. So it is a little stressed and with great hope that each of us send our application and wait for the answer…

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2 May 2019

It’s official ! Each of us received our confirmation e-mail and we are part of the adventure! In about 11 months, we will all stand on the start-line of the Paris Marathon. 11 months seem so long and so short at the same time, but one thing is sure: wherever we are, behind our screen, we are impatiently waiting for it to start.

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Later in May

First step: medical tests!

We are so close to the goal … But before we can officially call ourselves “EY Paris Marathon runners”, we must all pass a series of tests. Some of them must be done with a qualified medical team to make sure that it is safe for us to embark on this challenge, and others with our future coach, Tim, so that he can see our level and he can establish a personalized plan to allow us to run these 42.2 km …

11 June 2019

The spotlights are on, it’s photoshoot time for our team! What a strange feeling: a kind of excitement mixed with apprehension. This is normal, after all: even if it’s not the first time we see each other, it’s the first time we stand together as a team. As we pose for the pictures, we are certain of one thing : together, we’ll succeed…

One team.

One dream.


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