Scality at La Course du Coeur: Stories from the Field

For the first time, Scality is participating in “La Course du Cœur 2017,” a major competition, with a team of 18 people including 14 runners.

The idea originated from the desire of Scality runners to show their solidarity with one of Scality ‘s employees following her return from a 6-month fight against a rare form of leukemia and to send a clear message about Scality’s commitment towards healthcare and supporting others through organ donation. This commitment is supported by Scality management, which gives the team strong financial, logistical and marketing support.

The Course du Coeur lasts four days and four nights and covers 750km. Runners are active day and night, whether on foot, bicycle or roller blades. Read about the team’s adventure!


Scality Rocks la CDC—Day 1: The nightmare of logistics and the euphoria of success

Scality Course du Coeur runners were greeted with enthusiasm along the race way during Day 1.

Enthusiastic supporters along the course

Day 1 of the CDC kicked off at the Eiffel Tower with a dozen runners proudly sporting the Scality colours, posing for Frank, our official photographer and getting to know the other teams, of which quite a few are Scality partners and clients (HPE, SCC, Natixis, Silca, among others). It was all going well; the sun was out and everyone felt excited albeit a little nervous about the 750km ahead of them. A captain was named for each of the 4 cars and supporters were there to cheer on our runners. The group then set off for the Prologue (phase of the race), taking them from the Eiffel Tower to the Parc des Princes in Paris 16, where the official first leg of the race was to start!

But as we all know very well, things rarely go according to plan for very long… So whilst the 4 cars, the supporters and the runners made it safely to the Parc des Princes after the prologue, someone was left behind. Frank, our photographer! Note to all Car Captains – do not forget Frank or any of your runners! Rule #1! Luckily, Frank knows his way around Paris and managed to hop into an Uber to join us in time to catch up with Olympe, Nicolas and Juan who had started their first race, 16km from Boulogne-Billancourt to Vélizy. And so we set off for a full 4 days and 4 nights of running, biking and rollerblading.

Team Scality runners on the first night of the 2017 Course du Coeur

Night running.

All things went pretty much according to plan from then on, an 8k run by Laure, Nigel and Jean-Baptiste followed by a 20k run by Yannick, Niels and Maxime before Team A set off for their night shift! Géraldine, Erwan, Morgan and Antoine started their relay at 1am and finished at 8am this morning. An entire night of running, cheering, snoozing… A special thanks to Morgan who took the hardest run- 22kms with all the Course du Coeur’s best runners for each team.

In fact, he was not running but rather flying on the road : from the beginning of the race, he was with the group in front. It was amazing to see how fast and how easily he was going. On his arrival in Buthiers at 8am, all the best runners came to congratulate him. A massive achievement for Scality who is so far on track with one of its objectives which is not to finish last!

Meanwhile, whilst rule #1 had been applied by all other car captains, we were soon to learn rule #2: find out where you are sleeping before you need to sleep! Yannick, Brad, Niels and Maxime learned the hard way at 3am when getting back from their 20k run. There were only 2 spare beds for 4 people… After a half awake conversation with the receptionist, a magic key to a magic room was found behind the hotel reception meaning everyone could happily rest for Day 2’s challenge!

 

Watch for more updates in the days ahead!

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