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03 Dec 2009

Sporting Challenge for Swiss Telethon

Since 2008, the Lausanne fire brigade sports club has been participating in the Telethon organised at the beginning of December by French TV channel France 2.

This year, they have decided to set up an event called Des muscles sains au service des muscles malades [healthy muscles helping unhealthy ones]. IOC President Jacques Rogge will address the participants via a video message during the closing ceremony.

With the support of Lausanne’s emergency fire division, in collaboration with Vaud’s volunteer fire-fighters and Swiss Telethon, they have decided to take on the following challenge: do a tour of the canton of Vaud by bike and running – a total of more than 245km cycling and 60km on foot. In agreement with the Swiss Telethon committee, this challenge will be the main theme of the 2009 edition of the Telethon.

On 4 and 5 December, a delegation of athletes from the club, accompanied by cyclists Laurent Dufaux and Daniel Atienza and triathlete Didier Brocard, who are all sponsors of the event, will complete the 11 stages of the event using only the strength of their calves!

The event will start on Friday, on the forecourt of the Olympic Museum, after the lighting of a symbolic flame at the Museum cauldron by one of the relay runners.

The Telethon is a television programme lasting several hours whose aim is to collect money for a charity. This concept appeared in the USA in the 1950s. In France, the Telethon has been organised since 1987 by the French Muscular Dystrophy Association (AFM) to finance research projects on genetic neuromuscular diseases principally, but also on other rare genetic diseases.

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