After only two years of existence, the athletics meeting "Fast 5 000" of Montesson (Yvelines) is moving upmarket at lightning speed. This singular event, which gives amateur runners the chance to measure themselves against the best, takes a new step this year with the arrival of a partner of choice.
The Swiss equipment manufacturer On Running, of which former tennis player Roger Federer has been a shareholder since 2019, integrates it as the Parisian stage of its new world series of meetings called "On Track Nights". Montesson appears alongside Los Angeles (United States), Highgate (Great Britain), Vienna (Austria) and Melbourne (Australia).
The Swiss brand offers a totally innovative vision of the simple athletics meeting. The main idea is to shake up the codes and move away from the rigidity of classic competition. With the support of SO Houilles and AC Montesson, a hundred volunteers organize this festive "Fast 5,000" where the only goal is to beat his record over 5,000 meters.
"It's show combined with perf"
"Many complain about the exorbitant ticket prices for the Paris 2024 Olympics, here, top athletes will be present and the show is free! summarizes Sébastien Sapei, physiotherapist and trainer in Houilles who is at the maneuver. It's show combined with perf. »
Like the Frenchman Jimmy Gressier, committed and who has already achieved the minima at the recent meeting of Montreuil (Seine-Saint-Denis), some specialists of the world middle distance arrive to try to qualify for the World Championships in Budapest (Hungary) scheduled for next August.
As the @on_running track night series continues we move to Paris for the FAST5000 pic.twitter.com/m6rpUWbsh4
— The Big Run (@TheBigRunPod) June 3, 2023
In addition to the traditional 5,000m, the organization added a 1,500m. Hares (athletes giving the pace), series by level, attractive bonuses (6,000 euros, 3,000 euros and 1,000 euros for the first three), Montesson has nothing to envy to the meeting of the Diamond League of Charléty which is contested the day before, this Friday evening in Paris.
With a DJ for entertainment, several food trucks for catering, a pyrotechnic show and circus for children, the show will be complete at the sports park.
* Saturday 10 June, from 12 noon to 23 pm, Parc des sports de Montesson (65, avenue Gabriel-Péri). Free admission.