Film screening for charity in Lézignan-Corbières on February 25 of the documentary about the “Ultra Marathon along the canal du Midi” by Hamim El Ouardi – pushing yourself to the limits to raise the profile of social and environmental causes.

Driven by a desire to push himself to the limits in pursuit of personal and spiritual development, Hamim El Ouardi, 37, who has worked as a coach and sports instructor in prisons for over 10 years, set himself the challenge of running 241 kilometers (150 miles) along the canal du Midi. Born and raised in Lézignan-Corbières in the Aude département, Hamim has always felt strongly connected to the canal du Midi. Even as a very young child, he loved ambling in the shadow of the plane trees, cycling along the canal banks, stopping to admire the wildlife… Currently based in Avignon, he decided to take up a personal challenge by creating an Ultra Marathon that reflected his identity and values.

With support from several partners*, Hamim embarked on his adventure on September 24, determined to run over two hundred kilometers along one of the celebrated gems of the Occitanie region, from Toulouse to the Onglous Lighthouse. The athlete ran six marathons over three days, after a solo training period lasting 20 months – a feat that delighted and impressed the many admirers who came to support him.

All amateur and committed runners were invited to take part by donating €1 per kilometer, with all funds raised being donated to the “Au-Delà des frontières” association, which aims to organize sporting events for people from vulnerable backgrounds. To raise awareness about environmental issues, and more specifically, the replanting of trees along the canal du Midi, Hamim joined forces with the O2 Drône production crew, who filmed him throughout the adventure in order to put together a souvenir documentary.

On February 25 at 8:30 pm, the film produced will be screened at Le Palace cinema in Lézignan-Corbières as part of a charity event. Admission costs €5, of which €3 will be donated to the canal du Midi replanting project. The film promises to be rich in emotions, offering an insight into what it means to push yourself to the limits, as well as unique images of the canal from every angle!

Dates for your calendar: Come along and support Hamim on September 24 this year, for the second edition, which will take the form of a Triathlon (3.8 km (2.4 miles) swim in the Bassin de Thau, 180 km (112 miles) cycling and a marathon). On your marks, get set, go!

* Lézignan-Corbières Town Council, Comité Régional Handisport Occitanie, SDAM Natural, Rock Distribution, Profylex, Biocoop, O2 Drône, Descorbières, Laurent Luchesse, Made for Sport, Holistic Academy, and Running Conseil Avignon.

More information:

  • Film: “UMCM 2021”
  • Date & time: February 25, 2022, at 8:30 pm
  • Address: Le Palace Cinema – 6 Cr de la République, 11200 Lézignan-Corbières
  • Admission: €5, of which €3 will be donated to the canal du Midi replanting project
  • Information: Hamim El Ouardi – +33 (0)6 23 56 60 53

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