Heart Runners Challenge helps save Emmanuelle Christine!

From December 1st to 31th, 2020, Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque organized its 1st connected challenge, the "Coureurs du Coeur Challenge", in partnership with Azur Sport Organisation. A solidarity challenge to raise funds for children suffering from heart defects.

The principle? Register for a 10, 15 or 20h challenge, and cover the maximum number of kilometres in this time limit by walking, running or cycling and/or on a home trainer. The participants had 1 month to succeed in their challenge in as many outings as they wanted, in compliance with the health rules in force.

The idea was to bring together a large community of athletes at a time when gatherings are impossible. Separately but all together, the participants connected all over France - sometimes even across borders! - and surpassed themselves in order to save a child suffering from a heart defect.


All in all, 1,644 participants all over the world have challenged each other and together have travelled more than 145,207.45 kms at 22,920 hours !

Thanks to their energy, determination, and the sale of 300 cans in the colors of the challenge, + more than 15 000 € were collected and donated to Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque.

This very nice sum made it possible to finance the heart operation of Emmanuelle Christine, a 3-year-old Cameroonian girl who was suffering from a tetralogy of Fallot.

During their challenge, the Coureurs du Cœur received the support of Samantha Davies, the big-hearted sailor who defies the oceans to save children aboard the Heart Initiatives boat. Since the Vendée Globe race, she has sent a message of encouragement to all the participants.

Samantha Davies cheers for the Runners of the Heart

Congratulations to all the finishers and to the 6 winners who covered the most kilometres in their category:
- 10h walk/run: Robin G. (141.68km)
- 15h walk/run: Christian J. (260.80km)
- 20h walk/run: Aurélien B. (277,22km)
- 10h bike/home trainer: Paul B. (372.94 km)
- 15h bike/home trainer: Grégory L. (522.95 km)
- 20h bike/home trainer: Nicolas C. (736,16 km)

This challenge got you more? You couldn't participate but you want to help the cardiac children of the world?
> Go out of your way to save other cardiac children of the world :

- Mobilize your employees around a solidarity challenge in your company!
More information by clicking here. here.

- Challenge yourself with a personal sports challenge (run the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris or pedal during the Stage of the Tour de France to the benefit of Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque) !
Join the Coureurs du Coeur by clicking on the following link here.

This first edition of the Coureurs du Coeur Challenge was a real success and we don't intend to stop there... Stay connected!

Once again, a huge thank you to all the participants for their mobilization and energy and to Azur Sport Organisation for their support!

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