There will be thirteen. Thirteen stage towns. Thirteen supply points for runners taking part in the longest distance of this Nice by UTMB: the 165km. From the start in Auron (today at 1 p.m.) until the finish at the Prom’ (Saturday from 10:30 a.m.), there will be just over 400 along the route. At 20km from the finish, Drap will serve as the penultimate aid station. A precious spotlight for the city.
“We need to make known our municipality which is a little out of the way”, underlines the mayor, Robert Nardelli. Hundreds of athletes are expected in the streets of the town, since the runners engaged in the 110km also pass through Drap. Not to mention their companions and spectators. It’s happening behind the scenes. “We were immediately taken, enchains the first magistrate. The organizers were delighted to see what we could make available to them. We have been preparing since October 2021, we have motivated people. »
Rooms available in case of interruption of the race
About sixty volunteers as well as about ten people from the technical services and events will be on deck to take care of everything, in particular the supplies planned in the Jean-Ferrat area. “We also make our gymnasium and a municipal hall available in the event of the race being canceled due to rain, so that people can take refuge, explains the mayor. We will be able to accommodate everyone. » Two minibuses are planned to repatriate runners who could no longer continue the race.
Since yesterday, Drap has gone into stage city mode. Receipt of food, installation of organization barriers and tarpaulins, preparation of runner and spectator areas, etc.
Food trucks and games for children
The “little hands” are busy getting everything ready before nightfall. “Waves of buses arrive from 3 a.m. with accompanying persons”, predicts Audrey Giannini, head of post. Coffee, pastries and catering will be offered by two food trucks. If the weather turns nice, the youngest will have something to do with inflatable structures installed near the Jean-Ferrat space.
Musical entertainment is also planned. Visitors should be able to park without problem, since the town has just over 200 places available. “There is free parking on Place Clemenceau, a little on the Esplanade Jean-Ferrat and at Boulevard Stalingrad”, lists Audrey Giannini. The first runners are expected tomorrow early in the morning in Drap.