Running: the 22nd Foulée du Festayre on the starting line

2023-07-25 15:00:52

This Wednesday, July 26, the Foulée du Festayre will mark the start of the Bayonne Festival. On the program of this popular sporting event: a run and a walk.

It has become essential and is now well anchored in the planning of the Bayonne Festival. La Foulée du Festayre, which is celebrating its 22nd edition, will take place this Wednesday to open this popular Basque event. Last year, 8,052 people took part in the sporting event.

An edition open to all

La Foulée du Festayre is quite simply a 12.8 km race to be completed alone or even with colleagues. This year, the participants will start at the Côte des Basques (Biarritz), will pass by the old port, the fishermen’s port, the large beach, the Biarritz lighthouse, the beaches of Anglet, the avenue of the crests, the avenue of the lake, the avenue of the tennis courts and the banks of the Adour, to finish the course on the town hall square in Bayonne. The 10.5 km walk allows festival-goers from all over France to discover the landscapes of the Basque Country, before starting the Bayonne Festival. The walkers will start their walk from the esplanade of the Anglet ice rink, will follow the beaches of Anglet to finish on the same finish line as the runners.

Each year, La Foulée welcomes able-bodied runners but also a disabled sports peloton, in joëlette. On this 22nd edition, around fifty visually impaired and blind people will take part in the march for the first time. “We are happy to participate. They are used to going out in the mountains. We have good walkers. I even think they will be among the first to arrive in Bayonne”smiles Isabelle Lafitte, head of the Valentin-Haüy association at the Bayonne branch.

The 2022 edition was marked by the symbolic double achieved by the Urruty couple: Pierre won the men’s race and his wife, Betty, won the women’s race. Registered, they could both snag the victory again.

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