Marathon of the Annecy Lake (including walk on the lake in boat)

The Lake Annecy marathon and half-marathon were this past Sunday, April 13. Obviously I did not run in it (me? run? HA!), but it’s usually a big deal in Annecy every year. I’d like to point out the English version of their website, however, and how badly it was translated. It almost seems like a Babelfish translation… http://www.marathon-annecy.com/index_en.php

The “Voluntary” page is my favorite.

Become voluntary!

Next Marathon of the Annecy Lake will proceed Sunday April 13, 2008.
This annual festival can take place only with the action of the voluntary ones, which must be, increasingly many, with the impact of this event.

We thought, that you, implied in the sport and the life of our city and his area, you could assist in your the organization of this new edition, and to also involve your parents and friends, in a cordial environment .

You will gain there: – the smile and compliments of the athletes (and of their entourage),
– the lunch which will be offered,
– the textile memory (of quality), … and our thanks!

Answer our call by sending your response by mall to us before the 31.03.2008, without forgetting to leave us your complete co-ordinates: annecy.athle@wanadoo.fr.

Thank you to specify us égalament which day you will be able to take part in the organization of the marathon of the Annecy Lake:
Friday April 11 2008 of 13 H with 5 p.m.
saturday April 12 2008 of 10. 30 at 6 p.m. 30
Sunday April 13 2008 of 8 H with 5 p.m.

With soon
The Steering Committee

Though the “Sporting Information” page is also quite amusing:

> allowed Runners: Marathon born in 1986 and before Semi-Marathon born in 1988 and front.

> Any competitor in difficulty will be dealt with.

> the bicycles, rollers, runners without numbers or other guides are strictly prohibited on the course. The bicycles guides are strictly prohibited on the course under penalty of disqualification of the athlete.

> Of the official police chiefs are charged to check with the regularity of the race on the whole of the course.

> Handisport in armchair: for reasons of safety related to the course, the participation of the handisports in armchair is not authorized.

Handisports in armchair, eh? Hey Annecy, I’m looking for a translating job, ya know… Just sayin!

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  • Linda

    Gee, they really do need a translater. Maybe you should give them a call–who knows?

  • Linda

    Gee, they really do need a translater. Maybe you should give them a call–who knows?

  • Le Tigre in France

    That is hilarious! See, I told you you’d find work! Contact them to at least do next year’s page. Maybe they did use babelfish after all?

  • Le Tigre in France

    That is hilarious! See, I told you you’d find work! Contact them to at least do next year’s page. Maybe they did use babelfish after all?

  • French for a While

    Jennie, in reference to you “Que Faire” post let me say that I will pay you to write all of your posts in both French and English because it will greatly help me as I try to learn French. It was great fun to read your post in both languages. I took notes!

    I can pay you 1 Euro per post (limit one post per day). There, you have a job!!

  • French for a While

    Jennie, in reference to you “Que Faire” post let me say that I will pay you to write all of your posts in both French and English because it will greatly help me as I try to learn French. It was great fun to read your post in both languages. I took notes!I can pay you 1 Euro per post (limit one post per day). There, you have a job!!

  • http://coastlinejournal.com/ Michael JS Cox

    Dear Jennie,
    I just chanced upon your website today as I google’d “walk from Annecy to Chambery” which did not turn up any direct result. I’m a grad student in Vancouver, Canada. I’m taking a course on Rousseau, for whom I find I have not only an affinity but some odd coincidences which I won’t go into now, suffice to say it makes for a more intimate experience of the man and his work. I have not visited Annecy or Chambery–yet. I was in Paris and Cannes three years ago but at that time didn’t know much about eastern France; next time, next time.

    I look forward to hearing from you, and my sincere thanks in advance for any information you can send me. My dear friends Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby have both been to Annecy more than once as they are “world-class” animators and there is an annual animation festival there. That, unfortunately, is as close as I have come…

    Have you any idea of (a) how long it might take to walk from Annecy to Chambery, and if there is a long distance path in that vicinity? Also, if you have any photos of Chambery, or of the route there, please please fire them off to me!

    I’m writing an initial 20-25pp paper entitled Five Walks with Jean-Jacques Rousseau, but what I’m now finding is that I have too much material, unless I make it five brief overviews; I think I will be expanding this to a longer thesis, perhaps as one of the graduating theses for my MA in Liberal Studies (an interdisciplinary program at Simon Fraser University).

    Michael JS Cox
    .-= Michael JS Cox´s last blog ..Notes on listening to Ulysses =-.

  • http://coastlinejournal.com Michael JS Cox

    Dear Jennie,
    I just chanced upon your website today as I google’d “walk from Annecy to Chambery” which did not turn up any direct result. I’m a grad student in Vancouver, Canada. I’m taking a course on Rousseau, for whom I find I have not only an affinity but some odd coincidences which I won’t go into now, suffice to say it makes for a more intimate experience of the man and his work. I have not visited Annecy or Chambery–yet. I was in Paris and Cannes three years ago but at that time didn’t know much about eastern France; next time, next time.

    I look forward to hearing from you, and my sincere thanks in advance for any information you can send me. My dear friends Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby have both been to Annecy more than once as they are “world-class” animators and there is an annual animation festival there. That, unfortunately, is as close as I have come…

    Have you any idea of (a) how long it might take to walk from Annecy to Chambery, and if there is a long distance path in that vicinity? Also, if you have any photos of Chambery, or of the route there, please please fire them off to me!

    I’m writing an initial 20-25pp paper entitled Five Walks with Jean-Jacques Rousseau, but what I’m now finding is that I have too much material, unless I make it five brief overviews; I think I will be expanding this to a longer thesis, perhaps as one of the graduating theses for my MA in Liberal Studies (an interdisciplinary program at Simon Fraser University).

    Michael JS Cox
    .-= Michael JS Cox´s last blog ..Notes on listening to Ulysses =-.

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