The vast majority of the 30,000 runners in the Paris marathon crossed the line with satisfaction: to complete their only marathon of the year, often even the first of their life.
Not Sidy Diallo: he finished the race well in 4h19′06 ′ ', but it was his 6th marathon since the start of the school year in September.
Since that date, the diplomat has already run the Vienna, London, Berlin, Sofia and Rome marathons!
In a normal world, he should have been in Boston a few days ago: “Alas,” he says, travel restrictions in the United States are still limited and I couldn't go.
It will be the same for New York in early November.
I saw that these restrictions will not be lifted until the day after the race.
It's no luck.
Each time, Sidy Diallo, 67, completes these marathons around four o'clock.
“When I started the marathon at 55 years old, I was freaking out.
In the end, it is perfectly banal.
Running long distances is normal for humans and it is even more natural to do it barefoot.
“They all have sore feet.
Me? Not at all "
Sidy Diallo had already told us about this experience in 2018 and since then he has not changed his philosophy of life. "There are still people who are surprised when they see me and think I'm crazy, but I'm not," he laughs. Originally it seems to me that the man was running without shoes, right? I do the same and I feel very good, in perfect health. When I run I don't feel pain, I don't have blisters like those with shoes. I become one with nature. Look at all these runners in their very expensive shoes: their feet are all sore. Me? Not at all. "
We forgot a small detail in the course of this extraordinary runner: this Sunday in Paris, he ran the 307th marathon of his life.
“I've done all of the biggest marathons in the world, often multiple times.
I have a dream: to do the 6 major marathons on the planet barefoot.
Right now I'm missing two, Boston and Tokyo, but I'll be doing them soon.
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Still hungry, Sidy Diallo has not finished with his crazy program: next week, he will run another marathon in Slovenia, then the following week in Macedonia. The author of the book “Running barefoot to save humans” has made it a maxim of his existence. "You are going to ask me how I finance all these trips," he anticipates. I pay them myself and I am not the head of a fortune, believe me. I am 67 years old and I am fortunate to be in good health. I have few needs, I am satisfied with little. I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't eat a lot and I don't have any health expenses, precisely because I play sports. So I can afford trips to run around the world. "
When he's not running barefoot, Sidy Diallo uses minimalist shoes, which hug the toes.
He feels the ground better: “It is because of him that sometimes my times are worse than others, laughs the runner who speaks 7 languages.
This is the case in Paris, where the road is not good.
I'm not talking about the cobblestones but the holes, the bumps that force me to make detours and waste time.
I can't have a regular run here.
In Sofia last week I had it.
We assure you, however: the diplomat finished his race without the slightest scratch on his feet.
He already has an appointment price to return on April 3, 2022 in Paris.
We do not know at that time how much his count of marathons run will rise.