Old friends running special for disabled trail blazers

It was the discovery that an old school friend had been confined to a wheelchair following a motorcycle accident that prompted Nice-based runner Antoine Carlotti to come up with Trail Pour Tous (trailpourtous.fr)

Since completing their first challenge – the 2011 Nice Half-Marathon – Antoine and his friend Denis Campana, who is paraplegic, along with volunteers, have helped many wheelchair users take part in street and trail races in the Côte d’Azur and beyond.

One parent of a disabled child told the group after the Trail Trophée de Joëlettes race in Tourrettes-sur-Loup at the end of September: “The smile on his face delighted us and will stay with us for the next year.”

Another added: “Thank you for all this organisation! It is thanks to initiatives like yours we can better support a sometimes difficult daily life.”

The group is on the lookout for more willing runners to take part in events. A spokesman said: “We are always looking for more volunteers: runners who want to experience another sensation, that of giving pleasure and having fun.”

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