French ultrarunner Jacques de Rocquefeuil passed away early November 2021 at the age of 66.
Jacques started his ultrarunning already at age 24 by finishing his first 100 km race at Val de Somme in France. Only at age 25 he had his debut at 24H race with 165 km and at the same year finished 100 km 3 races three times. His development of the distance move fast as two years later, at age 27 he completed first six day event at Track Race Nottingham (GBR). In 1992 he took part in the IAU 100 km World championship in Palamos, Spain and the year after in IAU 24H World Championship in Basel, Switzerland. Finally in 1995 again in IAU 100 km World Championship in Winschoten, Netherlands. In total he completed over 80 ultradistances in period from 1979 till 2017 being active ultrarunner until his early 60’s.
“He was a well known French runner and a generous host to many runners coming to Paris. The sport benefits greatly from people like Jacques who enjoyed the atmosphere and good fellowship. Apart from running he was a man of many interests: history, astronomy, books and literature, rock climbing and swimming to name but a few. He also travelled widely and visited animal sanctuaries including rescued chimpanzees and baby elephants. He was an enthusiastic volunteer, helper, and adviser to the newly forming IAU from 1984. We shall miss him greatly.”
Malcolm Campbell, inaugural IAU President and the Honorary Life President
"One of the earliest advisors and mentors to the IAU, Jacques will be missed by ultrarunners, officials and administrators across the globe. This void created due to his passing away will be felt by the wider community. I extend my deepest condolences to his family to be able to bear this loss."
Nadeem Khan, IAU President.
On behalf of the IAU our thoughts are with Jacques de Rocquefeuil´s family and the French ultrarunning family during these very difficult times.
IAU Director of Communication