France Run 2016
On Sunday, August 21, 2016, New Yorkers gathered for the France Run, an 8k race, to celebrate the shared history and values between France and the United States. Prior to the race, Thomas Michelon, Deputy Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy made the following remarks.
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am delighted and honored to be present among you today. France Run was launched for the first time last year, and I can attest that it was a resounding success from the start. I’d like to thank you all for being here and proving yourselves as excellent examples of the 5 Ss: Stamina, Speed, Strength, Skill and Spirit – the last one being the greatest. These will be needed, since, as Bill Squires said once, “The long run is what puts the tiger in the cat.”
Organized by New York Road Runners, and sponsored by Air France, France Run celebrates the symbiotic relationship of the French and American people in the United States, who share a deep, common history and universal values. But I also see people from every borough of New York, from Queens to Brooklyn, from Manhattan to the Bronx, and even people and clubs from other cities. All of these communities have come together today to celebrate the core, unifying values of sports: believing in oneself and respecting ; excellence and determination; honesty and fairness; trying your best and playing as a team, and, last but not least, fun. After all, and most importantly, this race is a celebration of life as well as an alliance of cultures.
All of you gathered here today, whether French, American, Francophile, or simply a fan of friendly competition, share a bond that goes beyond the simple pleasure of strenuous effort and pushing beyond one’s physical limits.
I wish all of the participants the best of luck!
Thank you, and enjoy the run!