Marseille-Cassis 2022 is under the sign of the environment and has chosen to support
Pure Ocean, the NGO for the Ocean and the Mediterranean. It will benefit from financial support,
an opportunity to raise public awareness and highlight environmental issues
environmental issues through the 43rd edition of the race.

Running is opening up a space of freedom that takes on its full meaning in the middle of nature. An environment that everyone should be aware of, that must be respected and that we must preserve. Marseille-Cassis has been lucky enough to take place for 43 years in an exceptional natural site; from the start of the Phocaean city, to the vineyards of Cassis, by taking the mythical route de la Gineste nestled in the heart of the Calanques National Park.

Crossing Europe's first national park, both terrestrial, marine and peri-urban, the race is rich in a remarkable biodiversity that surrounds it.

Sensitive to the preservation of this unique space and to the responsibility that each individual, as well as each structure, bears in the protection of our planet, Marseille-Cassis will carry out, during this edition, new actions which will be turned towards a responsible and sustainable commitment.

To reinforce its action, Marseille-Cassis has decided to support Pure Ocean, an NGO created in 2017 in Marseille, which works to preserve natural environments by supporting scientific research programmes to safeguard biodiversity and marine ecosystems. Committed and mobilised in the face of the environmental and climate emergency, Pure Ocean places science and innovation at the service of the seas and oceans.

To support Pure Ocean, whose image and actions will be promoted from the opening of the Marseille-Cassis registration until the day of the race, runners will also be offered the opportunity to make an optional donation of €10 to the NGO during the individual online registrations - which will open on 3rd March - and the last 1000 places will be offered for sale at a price of €70, of which €10 will also be donated to Pure Ocean.

Sport and environment will thus be the key words of the year for Marseille-Cassis and Pure Ocean, which sign the beginning of a committed adventure combining sporting values and a sense of eco-responsibility.

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Marseille-Cassis has always been sensitive to the environment that surrounds it. We are indeed lucky to organize the race in the heart of a unique heritage crossing the Calanques National Park and bordered by the Mediterranean coastline. From the harbor of Marseille to the Bay of Cassis, passing by the Gineste, the course of Marseille-Cassis opens on a setting of great natural beauty between land and sea.
For several years now, we have been carrying out waste collection and sorting actions as well as awareness-raising operations. Today, it is important for an organization like ours to consolidate its position in terms of eco-responsibility and new strong actions will be initiated during this 43rd edition.
To reinforce our commitment, we are happy to be able to support an NGO such as Pure Ocean which is locally based in our territory and internationally committed to its projects.
Claude Ravel, President of the SCO Ste Marguerite - Organizer of Marseille-Cassis

As a participant of Marseille-Cassis for many years, I am particularly proud to be associated with this mythical race. Pure Ocean has been developing on the territory since 2017 and, since its creation, has integrated sport as a vector of awareness for environmental protection. The commitment of Marseille-Cassis to become an eco-responsible race is great and, faced with the challenges of the ecological transition, all sporting events must follow this example. 
For Pure Ocean, being supported by the Marseille-Cassis is a real recognition of our action. Supporting research and raising funds for these scientific projects of the future is a long way to go. The involvement of Marseille-Cassis at our side is a real support, we are honored.
David Sussmann, President and Founder of Pure Ocean


Pure Ocean is an NGO based in Marseille and active internationally. Its mission is to support innovative applied research projects to better understand, protect and restore marine biodiversity and ecosystems and to find sustainable solutions to threats to the sea, particularly the Mediterranean. The five eminent researchers composing Pure Ocean's scientific committee select projects with a strong innovative dimension on the basis of an annual international call for projects. Pure Ocean mobilizes and sensitizes civil society on the situation of endangered ecosystems through conferences, through races and sporting challenges and by giving the power to act through La Goutte Bleue, the movement to encourage the collection of illegal waste.

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