the return of “La Dag”, the race without a stopwatch but with a smile and for a good cause

It is by looking at the cast of this second edition of “La Dag” that we understand how much Philippe Daguillon, physiotherapist of FC Nantes for more than three decades and who died in 2018, was loved and precious. In his profession as outside. From Jean-Claude Suaudeau to Antoine Kombouaré via Landreau, Da Rocha or even Pignol and Baronchelli, more than twenty illustrious former Canaries will once again be present on the starting line, this Sunday, September 25 at La Jonelière. “But beyond the work, there is the man“, says ex-midfielder Vincent Bracigliano. Three years after the inaugural edition, two courses are offered and all profits from this race will be donated to cancer research.

Nearly 1,500 participants and a 12 kilometer which is sold out

From the Yellow and Green training center to the Beaujoire lawnat least athletic running fanatics who prefer walking, “The Dag“, it’s before all “have a good time and contribute in your own modest way to the fight against cancer“, sums up the son of the iconic former physiotherapist, Eliot Daguillon. A good excuse to get up on a Sunday, put on your shoes, and go sweat. “Movement is life“Philippe Daguillon used to say and nearly 1,500 people will still prove it either on the 12 kilometer, complete for several weeks, or on the 6 kilometer fast walk.

In a world where individualism prevails, we have someone who thinks only of the other.

It’s really Philippe who is the bearer of something, summarizes Vincent Bracigliano, his “big friendwho knew him when he arrived. He systematically took great care of each player. He was very valuable and very important to us. When we talk about Daguillon, we are talking about someone who took you in hand, who took care of you, who took care of you and who made sure that your head followed. In a world where individualism takes precedence, we have someone who thinks only of the other and that, the players have not forgotten.“The collective above all, the DNA of the Yellow House has always been.

“The objective is not to make a time, a classification, there is none anyway”

In the first edition, nearly 12,000 euros had been collected. The organizers hope that the kitty will climb much higher. Not for them. For the endowment fund of the Nantes University Hospital, which is piloting a research project against childhood cancer. “It’s something that affects us allEliot breathes. The objective is not to make a time, a ranking, there is none anyway on the Dag, but to have a good time and to have the chance to rub shoulders with former hyper accessible players.” Current ones too since Sébastien Corchia and Denis Petrić are announced present, this Sunday.

And to pay a new tribute to a guy who was unanimous. It was an emotional moment in 2018, admits Eliot Daguillon, very involved in the organization of this race which he hopes to see continue each year but at a different time. There was a lot of positive energy, it was really in his image, all in simplicity.” And always with a smile.

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