Canal Aventure is a travel agency registered with Atout France. Created in 2010 by Jérôme Lollier, it specializes in the organization of long-distance running races. Canal Aventure is the trade name of The Track Organization, a 1901 law association. From Australia to Bolivia through India, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Norway, Vietnam and Finland, the Canal Aventure events held for more than 10 years gather international runners motivated to live unique challenges.
Taste the scent of adventure by traveling in authentic regions.
Step out of your comfort zone and reveal yourself during unique sporting adventures.
Canal Aventure Team
Since 2010, dozens of people have actively participated in the organization of our events around the world. Their commitment to the management team is essential for the success of our events. Thanks to all of you!
Founder & General Manager
Jérôme Lollier is the founding President of The Track Organization. Man of challenge, dynamic and independent, Jérôme has imagined Canal Aventure as a vector of communication. Driven by the ambition to organize events allowing participants to take on exceptional sporting challenges while discovering the beauty of the landscapes and the richness of the cultures that make up our planet.
Woman of character, versatile and athletic, Christelle accompanies the development of Canal Aventure from the beginning. As a commercial assistant in “the real life”, Christelle has also been actively involved in the organization of many international sporting events. Rich with these experiences and her sports culture, she ensures the administrative follow-up of our races.
General practitioner, sports doctor and altitude specialist, Bruno is the medical officer of Canal Aventure. Season athlete, Bruno has participated for more than 30 years to many ultras around the world. His experience and culture are invaluable assets for Canal Aventure.
Our goal is to organize sporting events all over the world, giving runners the opportunity to test their physical abilities and mental skills. Moreover, we create conditions to discover the populations and culture of each visited country. Canal Aventure events seem like wide open windows to the planet.
Keeping eyes and mind open is essential to appreciate and understand the world a little better, to stay connected with ourselves and others. Over time and travels, Canal Aventure has donated needed funds and supplies to charities focusing on countries where our races have taken place, especially in terms of education and sports.
Due to the special situation for all populations around the world in 2020, we want to do more. So we decided to take an official engagement with a non-profit organization who does an amazing job in Niger for the education of children: the Au Coeur du Niger association.
In the future, we will do our best to support Isabelle Macheret, her entire team and the 340 children of the “Après-demain” center in Zinder in Niger.
Globally, 8% of children do not go to school. 60 million children are therefore deprived of the best chances of learning to read, write and count.
TO MAKE PEOPLE TALK
We want the adventures we share together to be meaningful. We want to benefit others, all those who are not fortunate enough to be able to make the same choices as us.
Thinking is meaningless if it is not followed by action. Talk, set goals and then act, concretely and according to our possibilities, for future generations.
Association Au Coeur du Niger
The association called “Au Coeur du Niger” is an independent charity having its headquarters in Romont, Switzerland. Founded in 2009 by Isabelle Macheret, the Association is run by a young and dynamic team of volunteers.
Their primary objective is to provide a basic education, sewing classes, regular meals, healthcare, and a home for orphans, albino children, and child-mothers of Niger’s Zinder region. Their ultimate goal is to forge greater independence and a better future for the local population living in extreme poverty.
Canal Aventure is building its history to the rhythm of the events organized since 2010. From a continent to the other, we do not settle for affordable things but always try to go further in order to satisfy the participants and our partners while respecting our values. Rigor, adaptability and surpassing oneself is our motto. Let’s discover hereunder the striking facts of our history..
2010, The beginning of the adventure... The big leap
- May 2010 – First inspection trip in Northern Territory to discover the Australian outback.
- October 2010 – Meeting with Aboriginal communities to introduce our project and get permissions to organize THE TRACK.
2011, First event: THE TRACK
- May 2011 – Canal Aventure organized the first edition of THE TRACK in Australia.
2012, Bound for Asia and Africa with two news events
- January 2012 – Canal Aventure organizes the first edition of the Ultra INDIA Race in Kerala region (South India).
- November 2012 – We organize the first edition of the Ultra AFRICA Race in Northern Cameroon.
2014, Birth of the Roadsign Continental Challenge
- For the first year, the 5 events of the Continental Challenge are scheduled.
- Roadsign, partner of Canal Aventure, gives its name to the Continental Challenge which becomes the Roadsign Continental Challenge.
- June 2014 – First edition of the Ultra BOLIVIA Race on the Altiplano.
- The participants were the first to run a marathon entirely on the Salar de Uyuni.
- November 2014 – Cancellation of the Ultra AFRICA Race in Burkina Faso due to insecurity in the country following the presidential election.
2015, Tommy Chen, first runner to win the Roadsign Continental Challenge
- Tommy Chen (Taiwan) becomes the first runner winner of the Roadsign Continental Challenge.
- The Argentinian runner Juan Ricardo Ferrero finished second in the Continental Challenge but became the first runner to successfully complete the 5 Challenge events.
2016, From India to Vietnam
- The Ultra INDIA Race becomes the Ultra ASIA Race. The Asian series of the Continental Challenge settles in Vietnam.
- Pedro Vera Jimenez, Venezuelan runner, wins the 2016 Roadsign Continental Challenge.
2017, Year of the Woman
- The fourth edition of the Ultra AFRICA Race takes place for the first time in Mozambique.
- Italian Ita Emanuela Marzotto becomes the first woman to win the Roadsign Continental Challenge.
2018 - 2019, The recognition of the Roadsign Continental Challenge
- Canal Aventure has adopted a different and unique positioning: preferring sharing to competition and travel to performance. After a decade, Canal Aventure events are recognized and appreciated.
- The Roadsign Continental Challenge is enjoying growing success. The participants are increasingly engaging with the ambition to run the 5 events to discover the 5 continents through different and demanding challenges.
- Gurkan Açikgöz, Turkish Type 1 diabetic runner, wins the Roadsign Continental Challenge 2018 & 2019. He becomes the first rider to win the Continental Challenge twice.