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Les Roches students participated in the 20 Km marathon of Lausanne last Saturday to raise funds for the victims of the earthquake in Japan.
Among the 18’000 runners taking part at the 30th edition of the 20 Km of Lausanne, the spectators could see white and red t-shirts saying ‘Les Roches running to help Japan, every kilometre helps’ in the crowd. The 15 students and teachers were running to raise money for the Red Cross to give to the Japan earthquake victims. ‘The Les Roches community (students, staff and faculty) managed to collectively raise a figure of approximately CHF 2’000.- said Claire Jeannerat, the Student Services Officer who started the fund raising initiative. ‘It was important for us not to just give money but to make a gesture with a more profound meaning’.
In terms of results, among the male students running the 10km, Ang Junting (Singapore) was the quickest with 50 minutes, followed by Artem Koknaev (Russia) in 51 minutes and Theodore Charoy (France) a few seconds later. Among the ladies, the Katrina Zee (Dutch) finished first in 51 minutes and Mia Xu (Canada) reached the final line in 54 minutes. A special ‘bravo’ to the only academic teacher taking part to the race, Mr. Jimmy Jones who ended his 10 km with a good 52 minutes.
The courageous students running the 20 km couldn’t beat the Sport Coordinator Radu Eremia this year again. The Les Roches team coach finished the 20 km in 1’26 minutes followed by the first student Odin Wang 20 minutes later.