The 100 bornes, as the event’s intimates call it, is a historic event. Created in 1972, today it is a true “survivor” in the world of road running. In the face of the growing success of trail running, and on the strength of its half-century of existence, it has withstood all fashions, all challenges!
A running event that has become a veritable myth!
It is essentially run on tarmac roads and belongs to the grand-fond family. And when you’re the “oldest” of the French 100 kilometers, you owe it to yourself to keep the bar high and live up to your reputation.
And what a reputation it is!
Runners come from all over France and far beyond to run the mythical Millau 100 kilometers at least once in their lives. Doing the Millau 100Kms once is the “bare minimum”, because so many runners come back again and again, totally addicted to the event. The result is a great family atmosphere, like a unique popular festive spirit that has animated the race and runners for 50 years.
A festive spirit that hasn’t prevented the Millau 100Km from supporting the French championships 3 times.
Its reputation also comes from numbers. You don’t run alone in Millau: a few thousand runners (3,800 runners in 1991, an all-time record), almost as many companions and an ever-present public. The stimulating effect is guaranteed to give this race its reputation and make for some fine sporting performances.
“I did it!”
Of course, there’s the ticking clock, the elites, the records, the individual performances… But for many runners, the sole, almost obsessive objective is just to finish the race. Because it’s an indescribable source of pride to reach the ultimate Grail and be able to say “I’ve done it! To be a “centbornard” and a “finisher” is worth all the medals!