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In his attempt to run the length and breadth of Australia, Christophe Vissant is certainly pushing himself to his limits. But above all, he wants to live out his childhood dream. He wants to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef.

He could have simply flown there, but he would have betrayed the promise he made to a sea turtle in 2003. The Red Sea, April 2003: An outstanding scuba diver, Christophe Vissant fell victim to a terrible decompression sickness accident.

He then spent a week in a hyperbaric chamber. The doctors’ prognosis was hardly reassuring. If the small nitrogen bubble stuck in his inner ear moved back towards his brain, they were anticipating at best, hemiplegia and at worst, quadriplegia.

In his troubled dreams, amid pain and delirium, this infamous sea turtle with whom he had crossed paths just a few minutes before his accident, whispered relentlessly in his ear: “If you really believe in your dreams, you can make them come true”.

Christophe regained the use of his legs. Since then he hasn’t stopped chasing his dream.

WHY DOES HE RUN?

Before his diving accident, Christophe Vissant didn’t really like running. As a former footballer, he even admits that he really couldn’t see the point in it at all “other than to chase a ball”. Today, after the ordeal he survived in the Red Sea, he can’t do without it. “Running isn’t just for fun. It’s not just about beating someone, it’s more about achieving a goal,” he says. “When you run, you find a synergy within yourself. Your mind and body are at one and nothing can stop you.”

Some fathers want to leave their children a legacy of property and money that they’ve made over the course of their careers. By making his tour of Australia, Christophe Vissant wants to leave another type of legacy to his two daughters, Marie (aged 20) and Lisa (aged 17). Convinced of “the human will’s power and resistance”, the runner wants to show them that “in life, everything is possible. Even the impossible!”

By running across wild kangaroo country and then scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, Christophe Vissant wants to alert the public about the future of the largest living entity on our planet, the Great Barrier Reef. “With the current state of play, its life expectancy will not be more than thirty years,” he warns.

THE CHALLENGES I’VE ALREADY ACHIEVED!

2015

2013

2010

2008

LA CIOTAT – GENOA

462 km in 4 days, with no rest day, no assistance or refuelling from La Ciotat to Genoa in Italy, averaging 115 km per day across France, Monaco and Italy.

MARSEILLE – GORNO ALTAISK

7458 km in 108 days with no rest day from Marseille to Gorno Altaisk in Russia, averaging 69 km per day across France, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Ukraine and Russia. To date, Christophe is the first runner to have crossed Siberia from west to east at this pace and without taking a rest day.

AUBAGNE – ATHENS

2732 km in 38 days with no rest day from Aubagne to Athens in Greece finishing at the Acropolis, Athens. Crossing France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece.

AUBAGNE – PARIS

This was my first big challenge. I ran 1132 km in 15 days with no rest day from Aubagne to Paris averaging 75.6 km per day. I suffered a lot but nevertheless I managed to cross the whole of France to reach the capital passing through my hometown of Besançon

My other challenges

Aubagne to Juan-les-Pins SOLO (172 km in 24hrs)

Bormes-les-Mimosas to Aubagne SOLO (108 km in 13 hrs)

Millau 100 km(x5)

Nice-Cannes Marathon

Belves 100 km (x2)

Perpignan 100 km

Normandy 24hr

• Monaco 24hr

Peynier 24hr

Marseille Marathon

Rome Marathon

Florence Marathon

Marseille Cassis Semi-marathon (x3)

La Sainte-Victoire 53 km Trail

THE ECOLOGICAL AND PACIFIC CHARTER OF THE CHALLENGE

Christophe has a degree in marine biology and is an autonomous diver. In 2003 he received first prize in ecology for the “Coups de chapeau de Victor“ awarded by the newspaper, Metro, in recognition of his work in ocean environmental protection.

For Christophe Vissant, cultivating peace means forging close links between people, sharing our knowledge and respecting human dignity throughout the whole of Australia.

The entire team will have the humanitarian objective of raising public awareness about being committed to pacifism.

Christophe is particularly recognized for his culture of peace and each member of the challenge will be committed to respecting the six key points in UNESCO’s manifesto.

• Respecting all living things

• Rejecting violence

• Liberating generosity

• Listening to understand each other

• Preserving the planet

• Reinventing solidarity

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