Meeting with the Association Toulouse Pierre-Paul Riquet

The Voies navigables de France Patronage Program is reaffirming its links with the ATPPR (Association Toulouse Pierre-Paul Riquet), a long-term partner who works every year to support the replanting of the canal’s tree canopy.

Last August, from the 15th to the 20th, the 2022 edition of the Canal du Midi Rally took place. Organized by the ATPPR, this sporting event has been a true success since its foundation. It has even gone international, as each year participants from all over the world come to compete.

The Canal du Midi Rally: what is it?

A recap: founded in 1982 by rowing fans and volunteers and featured in the French Rowing Foundation’s excursion guide, the Canal du Midi Rally is a challenge made for experienced rowers. Over 5 days , participants cover 200km, alternating between rowing, leaving boats at the locks and putting them back in the water, and cycling. A sporting adventure that appeals to lovers of long-distance rowing and necessitates a great deal of strength.

A long-term partnership

Much more than just a sporting challenge, the Canal du Midi Rally is an event in support of Pierre-Paul Riquet’s work. To this end, each year the ATPPR donates €10 for every sign-up to the Canal du Midi replanting project.

The association has thus been a faithful supporter of the Voies navigables de France Patronage Program since 2014, helping to safeguard the historical waterways of France. A partnership celebrated at the presentation of the check, which took place on November 9, 2022 in the Toulouse offices of VNF.

This year, €780 was raised, thanks to the Canal du Midi Rally. Once again, this helped the efforts to safeguard this masterpiece, through the replanting of the tree canopy project, the pride of the Occitanie Region.



VNF’s Patronage Program is proud of its solid and consistent partnerships, which have been in place for nine years with the different groups that work today, collectively, to preserve our cultural and environmental history.

Photo credits: ATTPR / VNF

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