“The hardest part is to wake up every morning knowing that I have 40 miles or more to run!” Pierre Basset, 23 years old, French, born and raised in France… and to the conquest of India. On the 14th of August 2018, Basset started a trip to India. A journey that will be unforgettable and eventful. In fact, Basset wanted to be a little different and didn’t book a plane ticket, or he didn’t want to go for a car road trip or took a bus. No, Basset decided to run to India. Along with only a backpack, a bicycle trailer, some snacks and water, Basset started his 10 thousand kilometers, which is 6,213.712 miles, to India afoot.
Born from an Indian mother, and a French father, Basset wanted to learn about his origins, his roots. Lived in France all his life, he was curious to know about his Indian heritage. “My mom being from India played a huge role in my decision in term of where to go.” Basset said. “She would have been German, I would have been done with my trip already. Australian? I think I would have been in a pretty complicated situation right now!” Basset laughed about. The idea of running, instead of simply book a flight from France to India came up by the fact that Basset has always wanted to embark on a great adventure. He was ready for the adventure, that’s for sure, but didn’t know what to do. “I’m an athlete, my dad is a great runner, my mom is Indian…” Based on these three aspects of his life, it was a natural decision to him to choose India as destination.
Pierre Basset has always been attracted to the wild life, the adventures, the extreme sports, and the discovery of new landscapes. Elite Track and Field athlete, his coaches and teammates used to be amazed and amused by the free life he was living. Basset has several videos of him on the internet doing Parkour, travelling around the Hexagon, jumping off cliffs, adding more and more to the adventures book. What could outdo such experiences?
For preparation, Basset, didn’t need too much help, but his family’s, wife’s and close friends’ support. He also got the opportunity to get sponsored by different entities like Decathlon, which is a French sporting goods store, Kalenji, being the main brand for running of Decathlon, and Running Conseil Orleans, which is also a French sporting goods store. They provide Basset regularly with equipment like shoes, clothing and his bicycle trainer, which is from a company named Croozer. Moreover, Basset has personal trainers who physically tested him before the journey, and will do after.
Currently on the road, it gets tough sometimes, but Basset can count on his relatives to cheer him up on the phone, or join him on the road to make a little bit of the run with him. “The moral is not always here, I thought about giving up, but it warms my heart to get all this support, and it makes me even more motivated to finish up strong.” Even if the motivation is here, Basset can’t get away from troubles or creepy situations. “One day, on the road of Hungary, I get stop by a car in the middle of nowhere. Some guys get out the car and walk towards me. Stressful moment. They were police officers dressed in civilians!” Basset shared.
His current location is Iran. 2000 kilometers, 1,250 miles to go. For safety reasons, Basset is planning on getting a flight to New Delhi, India. In fact, crossing the Pakistan is too dangerous. Even for Basset. When Basset reaches India, he planned on spending a month on the territory to take time to connect with the Indian people. He will then, flew back to France, from South India, where he will meet with his trainers to do some check-ups, to then go to Island of Mayotte, where he recently moved with his wife. “Run to My Origins” is the name of his journey. Great story of a kid, eager to learn about his Indian’s roots, about his mom. Videotaping, journaling everything, Pierre Basset is living something that is “one of a kind”, because he is “one of a kind.”
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