MUD FEST OR COLOUR MADNESS? BE READY TO CHOOSE YOUR BATTLE!

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Mud, mud, and more mud…that is the order of the day for the exciting race that is coming to Levens, just outside of Nice, this June.

Held for the first time in our region last year, the Mud Race in Peyrolles attracted some 7,500 “mud guys” that ranged from beginners and regular runners to hardcore thrillseekers. The Nice edition promises to be as exciting with no less than 22 crazy obstacles, including muddy crawls and giants slides, spread over a 13 kilometer course that will test the endurance but also mental limits, strength and vitality of the participants.

Individual entries are accepted, but since the race emphasises camaraderie and team spirit, it is highly recommended to participate as a group. What matters after all, is not being the fastest, but rather completing the course, having a good time doing it and enjoying a well-deserved Mud Beer after crossing the finish line!

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But if getting down and dirty is not your idea of fun, then a trip to Aix-en-Provence in October for the only Colour Run organized in the South of France may help you see the world in pink, blue or green. Inspired by India’s Holi festival, “the happiest race on the planet” is a unique 5km that has already taken the U.S. by storm and is now invading Europe.

The first French edition was organised last year in Paris and attracted about 13,000 runners, followed by another event in Marseilles five months later. The event returns to the French capital on 19th April this year, and you can catch the Aix-en-Provence edition on the 4th October. There will also be one held in Nancy on the 31st of May.courc

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The race is only intended for fun, and the goal is not to run fast or to challenge oneself, but just to complete a 5km course while being plastered with powdered paint (made of 100% natural food-grade cornstarch) in all colours of the rainbow. Pretty much anyone can take part in the event, the only requirement being for all participants to wear white! Once the race starts, then it becomes a real colour fest: After the first kilometre, runners are doused in yellow, then after the second, they are blasted with blue and so on, until the finish line when they are covered head-to-toe in all imaginable hues.

And if you just can’t choose between the two events, then why don’t you just get splashed in mud in June in Nice before seeing the world in multi-colour four months later in Marseille!

All images courtesy Mud Day / Colour Run

BEWARE – THE GAZELLES ARE TAKING OVER THE PROM!

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An historic day is in store for Nice this weekend as the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles descends on the Promenade des Anglais!

It will be an unusual sight this coming Saturday on the Promenade des Anglais; 370 women in full driving gear, getting ready to take part in the 25th edition of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles, the largest all-female motorsport competition on the planet.

Each year, the event brings professional and amateur drivers together who, in teams of two (a driver and a navigator), use traditional navigation techniques to cross the Morrocan desert between Erfoud and Foumz’Guid.

They will enjoy some quality time together in Nice before setting off to Sete, where they will catch the ferry to the port of Nador, in Northern Morocco. Then for eight days, from the 26th of March to the 2nd of April, they will be forbidden to use GPS, cell phones or support crews. Instead, they will have to rely on only four navigation tools (outdated maps, a compass, a ruler, and a plotter) and display values that are held dear by the rally: courage, perseverance andsolidarity with the other participants.

Created in 1990 by French entrepreneur Dominique Serra in response to the traditionally male-dominated world of motorsports, the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles continues to go from strength to strength. The first edition was made up of only nine teams, but the event has continued to grow, with participants from all over the world ranging from outdoor enthusiasts to professional athletes and celebrities.

And because the event is more that just a speed fest, part of the profits are redistributed through the charitable foundation, Cœur de Gazelles.  It is also a eco-friendly rally, with carbon dioxide emissions kept to a minimum and is respectful of the local environment.

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Programme for the 21st of March:

10:00 – the village located by the Théâtre de Verdure will open to the public
11:00 – Photo session with the « gazelles » on the beach
14:00 – Giant zumba and Flasmob
15:00 – Official departure 

Lead image © Maïenga 2014 (edited)

CHARITY PIANO RECITAL AT THE HOTEL NEGRESCO THIS APRIL

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Local pianist Christophe Alvarez performs at a charity evening in aid of the Clairs Horizons organisation at the Hôtel Negresco this April.

Come enjoy an evening of Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy and Edvard Grieg on the 10th of April at the Negresco Hotel in aid of Clairs Horizons, a non-profit organisation helping cancer patients and their families. All the proceeds from the event will be used to fund the organization’s two main projects, “La Journée Glamour” designed to help women recover, both physically and mentally, after cancer treatments and the movie project “Adoucir la traversée”, a film that will be shown in the waiting rooms of cancer treatment centers, and will provide comfort and support to, as well as useful information for, patients and their families.

Despite his young age, Christophe Alvarez (pictured above) is already a household name on the musical scene, having featured at numerous festivals in France but also around the world, such as Les Nuits du Suquet in Cannes, the C’est pas Classique festival in Nice or the 1810-2010 Festiwal of Leszno in Poland. Born in 1987, he studied the piano at the Musical Conservatory in Nice before entering the famed National Music School Alfred Cortot in Paris.

In 2010, he recorded Chopin’s Concertos for Piano Nos. 1 & 2, as well as a World Premiere CD of recently rediscovered pieces from the Polish composer Alfons Szczerbinski. Christophe Alvarez is also a musicology professor and research assistant at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, as well as a composer. He has written the soundtracks for various movies such as La Dernière Recrue in 2013, and his recording for piano, Reflets(Reflections), was released last autumn.

The piano recital will take place at 7pm on 10th April in the Salon Masséna of the Hôtel Negresco and will be followed by cocktails. Tickets cost €22 for the recital and €50 for both the recital and the cocktail, and are available from the Clairs Horizons website.

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AYURVEDIC WORKSHOPS WITH COLETTE KENT OF FITHUB

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Colette Kent is back on the French Riviera for a short stay and will be holding two Ayurvedic workshops at the beginning of March.

Not so long ago, Colette was one of the pillars of the expat community here on the French Riviera and her studio in the port of Nice, FitHub, was a real fitness and social community open to all, regardless of nationality, age and fitness levels. But after many years in the region, Colette decided to travel to Bali and it was during her year out that she rediscovered the fascinating world of Ayurveda, the ‘science of Life’.

Back on the Côte d’Azur for a few weeks, she will now hold two workshops, one in Villefranche on Sunday the 1st of March and another one in Nice the following day, to share her experience and help individuals gain a deeper understanding of their particular mental and physical constitution.

Ayurveda is the ancient Indian natural healthcare system which teaches people to have a complete approach to living their life in accordance with the nature and to realize that the keys to ultimate health and contentment are actually in their own hands. It emphasizes thus the importance of creating and maintaining positive health and focuses on preventing the imbalances that lead to disease. It also considers all levels of the individual, which include the spiritual, emotional, intellectual, behavioral, physical, familial, social, environmental and universal levels.

As Colette best describes it “Ayurveda is not a religion, but if it was, Mother Nature would be the Goddess!”

Both workshops will cover the following topics:

• The history & philosophy of Ayurveda
• The different Ayurvedic body types or ‘Doshas’
• Discover your individual Dosha
• Ayurvedic nutrition and the importance of good digestion
• Learn how to rebalance your body through diet & lifestyle
• When, where, what and how to eat

They will be held respectively in the Carpaccio restaurant in Villefranche on Sunday, 1st March, from 5 to 6:30pm, and in the Nice Life Café in Nice on Monday, 2nd March from 7 to 8:30pm. The cost is €25 (including drinks and nibbles) and you can register by emailing Colette.