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Vatel students love challenges. This goes to prove it!
Vatel students love challenges. This goes to prove it!  - Vatel

Vatel students love challenges. This goes to prove it!

Pierre-Antoine, a 4th year student, ran over 40 km in the Schneider Electric Paris Marathon for a cause that was important to him: supporting the Cancer League.


Pierre-Antoine has always been attracted by this type of physical and mental challenge and, when it also gave him a chance to support a cause such as cancer research, he didn’t hesitate for a second! “Several members of my family have been affected by cancer,” he said, “and it’s important for me to be active and fight the disease".

Cancer is the leading cause of mortality in France, accounting for 30% of all deaths and affecting both women and men. Every year, 385,000 new cases are diagnosed and it is important to take action, even on a small scale, to fight the disease. This year, 139 people have collected a total of €116,231 for the association!


Setting goals

Pierre-Antoine set himself two goals. He wanted to collect at least €300 for the association and he wanted to complete the marathon in 3 hours 30 minutes.

As far as the first objective was concerned, he was delighted with a total of €355. However, he was slightly disappointed with his time, exceeding his goal by just 4 minutes.

“The feeling you get when you’re on the starting line with more than 50,000 runners is quite unique, and the finishing line on the Champs-Elysées is fantastic. It’s something everybody should experience at least once in their lifetime.” And one thing’s certain for Pierre-Antoine - “It certainly won’t be my last marathon!”

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