The evening before the race the town held a reception for the runners from the visting twin towns
in the Maison de Vie Associative. There were teams from Avila in Spain, Neustadt in Germany,
San Donà di Piave in Italy, and Troon. Runners from Bouaké in the Côte D'Ivoire
had also hoped to come, but were prevented by political difficulties at the time of the race.
At the ceremony Niall MacPherson, Vice-President of the Troon Tortoises, congratulated the Stade
Villeneuvois Athlétisme for the impeccable organization of their races and presented
them with a plaque commemorating the 25 years of the 15k.