The T1D Challenges are sports challenges that have been held annually since 2013.
They bring together an international team of type 1 diabetics who by taking up a sporting challenge shows that together everything is possible despite type 1 diabetes.
Our missions : CONNECT, INSPIRE, EMPOWER.
T1D Challenge : the origin
The T1D Challenge's adventure started in November 2012 when Sanofi, believed in one of my craziest dream: taking up a sport challenge with type 1 diabetics from all around the world. I am convince by the importance of team spirit, peers support, having a short-term project to keep undercontrol our diabetes.
In September 2013 (9 months later) we were 12 type1 diabetics from 7 countries at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the roof of Africa. It was our first T1D Challenge.
T1D Challenge: the concept
The T1D Challenge project is a sport challenge which brings together an international team of type1 diabetics. Together we face a common challenge and we push our limits beyond Type1 Diabetes.
We learn from this experience and from our peers, we are inspired and are a source of inspiration. This positive synergy help us to go forward : together, anything is possible !
Each team member becomes an ambassador of our program T1D Challenge and of our organization WDT around the World. The national and international congresses of diabetes are many opportunities to share our experiences of patients in extremes conditions.
T1D Challenge: the challenges
T1D Challenge 2013 - Ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
- 7-day trek through the Machame route, with 1 day at 4000m (13 124 ft) for acclimatization
- Team : 12 type1 diabetics - 7 countries represented: France, Belgium, Australia, Canada, USA, The Barbados, Brazil
- Related article: T1D Challenge 2013 - Ascent of Kilimanjaro, the roof of Africa
T1D Challenge 2014 - Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, Peru
- 5-day trek through the Andes (above 4000 m / 13 124 ft), then amazon rainforest to the lost Inca city. 75 kms (47 miles) traveled.
- Team : 10 type1 diabetics - 8 countries represented: France, Spain, Peru, Canada, USA, Brazil, India, China
- Related article: T1D Challenge 2014 – Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, Peru
T1D Challenge 2015 - Trek in the White Mountains, Crete
- 4-day trek along the Libyan Sea and then, in the heart of the White Mountains
- Team : 11 young type1 diabetics - 11 countries represented: France, Portugal, Sweden, Slovenia, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Greece, Canada, Brazil, India + 2 type1 adults mentors to support and share their personal experiences.
- Related article: T1D Challenge 2015 – Trek in the Whites Mountains, Creta
T1D 2016 Challenge - Trek Hekla, Iceland
- 5-day trek in Hekla volcano area. 100 kms traveled (63 miles) in the middle of lava fields, geysers, foams ...
- Team : 10 young people with type1 diabetes - 10 countries represented: France, Germany, Spain, Italy, England, Norway, Israel, USA, South Africa and Brazil + 2 type1 mentors to support and share their personal experiences.
- Related article:T1D Challenge 2016 – Hekla Trek – the gateway to the center of the Earth, Iceland
T1D 2017 Challenge - Sierra Nevada, USA
- 5-day trek in the lovely Sierra Nevada - California, with one goal : a 4 300m summit (14 100ft), Mount Langley, one of the highest peak of the Sierra
- Team : 12 young people with type1 diabetes - 8 countries represented: France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Tchek Republic, Luxembourg, Canada, and USA + 2 type1 mentors to support and share their personal experiences, Delphine & Peter.
- Related article:T1D Challenge 2017 – Mount Langley, Sierra Nevada
T1D Challenge: next one?Coming soon ! We work on it !!
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