About thirty European companies working directly or indirectly on the European launcher were represented at the Ariane Cross, organised in Bordeaux on Saturday 25 September.

The weather conditions were not the best for running on Saturday morning, 25 September, but they did not prevent the 600 or so participants in the Ariane Cross from enjoying the race.

After a 100% digital 42nd edition in 2020, due to the health crisis, the 43rd edition was finally held despite many uncertainties throughout its organisation.

“This year, Bordeaux Metropole is presiding over the community of Ariane cities”, explains Laurent Vallet, project manager of this sporting event organised by the three ArianeGroupe sites based in Issac (24), Saint-Médard-en-Jalles and Haillan, in partnership with the group’s board of management, the community of Ariane cities, the town hall and the Metropole.

From the race village set up in the Square Toussaint-Louverture, on the right bank of Bordeaux, runners from France, Spain, Germany, Belgium and Italy departed for various races of 10 km, 5 km and 2.5 km. A relay race and another for children, among whom were children from the social facilities who were invited by the city, ended the morning.

Everybody met on the evening of the race on the other side of the Garonne for a festive and private evening at Hangar 14 for the trophy ceremony.

A booth of the presidency of Bordeaux Metropole was present at the Gala evening alongside the cuvée de l’espace presented by Château Peyrat:

The small CVA-Bordeaux Métropole team, with no more than 7 participants, still managed to bring home 3 medals and be part of the podium:

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