The 19th edition of the immensely successful charity race came to a close this weekend after a difficult few days due to stormy weather. But spirits were high and fun was had by all who participated. The winners were welcomed by Amara Sy, the godfather of the 19th NFL, Princess Alexandra of Hanover and representatives of the Princely Government and the National Council.
No Finish Line is a unique race that lasts 24 hours a day for eight days and does not have a finish line, but rather counts the number of kilometres covered by participants. The 1.4km circuit can be run or walked and repeated as many times as desired throughout the eight days.
Sponsors, donors, and support from Prince Albert II see that 1€ for every km covered is donated to Children & Future, a charity providing aid for sick and disadvantaged children.
Since its inception in 1999, No Finish Line Monaco has had raised millions of euros for charity projects around the world. Last year’s event registered 14,000 participants who covered more than 436,900km. That means that more than €436,900 have been donated to help children. This year, they were looking to reach a goal of 444,444 km, but due to the massive storm on Friday 16th November, part of the course was damaged and had to be closed. The pouring rain proved quite an obstacle for participants, even though so many pushed-on through miserable weather conditions. In the end, they weren't able to reach their goal, but considering the odds, the numbers were still impressive and they still broke records. They had a record number of participants and a record number of kilometres covered by a team on the circuit by as early as Thursday 15th November (previous record in 2014 with 22,030 km).
The results in numbers:
-Record 14,278 participants (12,967 in 2017)
-Record 27,512 km covered by one team (Collège Charles III)
-432,662 km covered overall
-432,662 Euros will be donated
In the individual men's category, The Prince's Cup (awarded to the person who covered the most kilometres) was awarded to Frenchman Didier Sessegolo for 900 km. He has already won the NFL four times. Second place went to Daniele Juan Alimonti with 871 km and third place went to Ronaldo Marzorati with 851 km.
In the individual women's category, The Prince's Cup went to Mimi Chevillon with 843 km, who broke her own record (819 km) on Sunday morning and who has also been a winner the last three years. Second place went to Sonia Lutterotti with 763 km and third went to Pascale Pasquier with 683km.
The first winning team is Collège Charles III with 27,512 km. They took the lead in the race on Wednesday 13th November, with more than 1300 students and college staff on the circuit. They wound up breaking the NFL team record (22,030km in 2014) on Friday the 16th. Second place for teams went to Sancta Devota Foundation with 12,116 km and third place to Cardio-Thoracic Centre of Monaco with 12,082 km.