NARRATIVE – The ultra-marathoner took 20 young people in great difficulty to compete in the Athens marathon this Sunday. At the end of this challenge, a job and the prospect of finally regaining a foothold in society.
“If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to change your life, run a marathon“. Words signed Emil Zatopek, long-distance running legend and quadruple Olympic champion in the 1940s and 1950s. Malek Boukerchi made them his motto after having crisscrossed the burning deserts of Mauritania for years, surveying the volcanoes of Chile in the desert from Atacama at an altitude of 5,000 meters, triumphed over the ice of Antarctica in ultra-marathon races sometimes lasting several hundred kilometers. “Running for performance no longer interests me, I want to give meaning to what I do. Surping yourself for yourself is good, but surping yourself for others is even better.», asks this Mulhouse resident, born 49 years ago in the concrete of a district of Mulhouse. “A place where it snowed all the time», he smiled, ironically: he was in fact referring to the devastation caused by drug trafficking.
In a city where football was king, one day he chose running…