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Following an invitation to organize a public training in Al Johara Stadium for the masses, a random individual took a video which was extremely offensive. this is the video : https://twitter.com/sattam_al_saud/status/1186981720853270530?s=17 

My name is Fabrice Laborie. I am the race director for Hejaz Ultra.

I would like to apologize to the People of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to the Leaders of the Kingdom for the harm which was created.

The person who took this video is not one of our member. I do not know who she is. I do not know her name.

I firmly condemn what she said. This behavior is not acceptable and will never be tolerated in our group.

While I had no control on who would be attending on this public location . No control on what they would be we wearing, No control on what they would be saying, I would like to apologize since this took place during our training session.

Fabrice Laborie

Communication Archive

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Fabrice Laborie fabrice@laborie.eu Sun, Nov 3, 11:42 AM to Taha Boksmati tboksmati@gmail.com

Dear Mr. Taha, we are all aware you are an extremely busy person, with lot of things on your plate.

Joining the Hejaz Ultra Committee comes with duties, but also the understanding from the other Committee members - though not always from the athletes - that this is not a full time job and that we all have other things to do. Work, family life, other community duties, Training, entertainment, free time...

I am also fully aware of the Red Sea project, which has been scheduled on the same week-en Jeddah International Half-Marathon was announced back in August, and understand it is an extremely important event.

I am not very good with Social Media myself, and, as you do, also wish we had a marketing/SocialMedia Team. I dislike Instagram, and only created an account when I was told this was required to reach more people in the Kingdom as opposed to using only FaceBook. I only learned recently how to "regrann" a post, which is the very quick process to "share" the post created by another Instagram Account onto one's Instagram Feed.

It takes about ONE Minute to do that and share a post. I'm sorry to hear that last week you did not have 5 minutes for yourself to relax. Perhaps the previous week you might have been able to find the time since the Hejaz Clean-UP post was shared on 13 October? I am certainly not the right person to share Time Management theories with a talented Master of Business Administration diploma holder, but for the rest of us, there is something to be said about the "2-minute rule", mostly a trick from David Allen's 'Getting Things Done': "If it takes less than two minutes, then do it now."

In August we published the Clean UP is on our 2019-2020 season's Calendar, though the old name of "undo". As no action had been taken regarding the Planning of our Clean-Up until that day, on Oct 10th, we discussed the Clean-UP event in this very Hejaz Ultra Committee group: I asked you if the Ploggers would join and you confirmed the Ploggers would.

Based on your confirmation, on October 13th, I created the event on FitOryx, spent some extra time creating an "Offer" for the Ploggers to join the Clean UP while getting a heavily discounted entry to the Hejaz50 plus a free Full Moon to the Hejaz50. This was serving 2 purposes: getting the Ploggers to join the Clean-UP and getting them to get more fit and join the Hejaz50. At that time we were all working hard to get the event back on track with a VERY LOW number of participants. You may remember we had talked about cancelling the event. We were desperate to get more participants. I was really counting on your support to share the offer: As a Committee member for the Hejaz50 Success and as the Hejaz Ultra Chief Environment Officer for the success of the Hejaz Clean-UP.

I beseeched for your kind support on October 15th. Nesreen also voiced that we *needed" this "now" since we were all battling to maintain this event.

I implored you again on October 16th morning and begged again at night.

This is when you explained your preference not to share now. You had an event on Saturday 19th and preferred to share after the event. Saturday evening: leaving only 5 days for people to prepare for the Hejaz50. We're not talking a 4 months H50Solo preparation "a la Dean", however the sole thought process of joining Hejza50 can take time. People share with their friends and loved ones, then decide... Also by that time the price was going up (Late Fee was about to kick in), making our offer less attractive!

This deeply saddened me.

I understand that people can not devote too much of their precious time for a running club. And respect this.

Making the conscious decision NOT to take an easy action, such as sharing a post, at a time when it was needed the most, and when we all - Committee member and Athletes alike - were depending on this action was clearly disserving the Organization. With great power comes great responsibility.

On Oct 17th night you finally agreed to share. You mentioned you shared as an Instagram "story". To be honest, I have not seen what you posted. Was it the Hejaz50 poster? The Hejaz Clean UP poster? Both I hope. As I mentioned I am not a big Instagram fan, so perhaps this is why I didn't see the Story.

An "Instagram Story" is nothing but an ephemeral message, which is meant to last only 24hours and then disappear and be forgotten. Wiped off the face of the Internet.

Hejaz50 is without a doubt our main even on the calendar. One would think it deserved posting as a regular Instagram "feed" as this is where important messages are typically posted. Instagram “feeds” stay 'forever'.

In the case of the Hejaz50 poster, publishing it on Oct 17th, it had shelf life was of 8 days minimum at least. And the shelf life for 2 weeks for the Hejaz Clean UP poster. I can not comprehend how the decision of a "story" took precedence over the choice of an Instagram "feed". Nor the decision not to share on the Ploggers's WhatsApp group which has a very engaged community.

Really.

You mentioned back in September that I haven't given [you] the chance yet to at least try from [your] side to act as a CEO.

I trust you have been given a chance to act as a Committee member to serve our Athletes by sharing the posts and promoting the Hejaz Ultra events. We can't say that this happened.

You may be right however for the role of CEO. Taking into consideration that you were just landing back in the Kingdom, I certainly could not have expectations that you could proactively lead our one major Environment event. Taking initiatives… Organizing teams, transport etc was probably too much. I agree. There was a chance to take. But I did not burden you with this.

I had the expectation, however, that you would care. If not about the Hejaz50, about the Hejaz Clean-UP.

This lack of interest devastated me.

Fabrice Laborie fabrice@laborie.eu Nov 3, 2019, 12:25 PM to Taha Boksmati tboksmati@gmail.com

Dear Mr Taha,

I think it will be best if you step down from the Hejaz Ultra Committee. We can meet this evening around 18:00 at a location of your choice if you want.

Best regards, Fabrice

On Sun, Nov 3, 2019 at 11:42 AM Fabrice Laborie fabrice@laborie.eu wrote: Dear Mr. Taha, we are all aware you are an extremely busy person, with lot of things on your plate.

Joining the Hejaz Ultra Committee comes with duties, but also the understanding from the other Committee members - though not always from the athletes - that this is not a full time job and that we all have other things to do. Work, family life, other community duties, Training, entertainment, free time...

I am also fully aware of the Red Sea project, which has been scheduled on the same week-en Jeddah International Half-Marathon was announced back in August, and understand it is an extremely important event.

I am not very good with Social Media myself, and, as you do, also wish we had a marketing/SocialMedia Team. I dislike Instagram, and only created an account when I was told this was required to reach more people in the Kingdom as opposed to using only FaceBook. I only learned recently how to "regrann" a post, which is the very quick process to "share" the post created by another Instagram Account onto one's Instagram Feed.

It takes about ONE Minute to do that and share a post. I'm sorry to hear that last week you did not have 5 minutes for yourself to relax. Perhaps the previous week you might have been able to find the time since the Hejaz Clean-UP post was shared on 13 October? I am certainly not the right person to share Time Management theories with a talented Master of Business Administration diploma holder, but for the rest of us, there is something to be said about the "2-minute rule", mostly a trick from David Allen's 'Getting Things Done': "If it takes less than two minutes, then do it now."

In August we published the Clean UP is on our 2019-2020 season's Calendar, though the old name of "undo". As no action had been taken regarding the Planning of our Clean-Up until that day, on Oct 10th, we discussed the Clean-UP event in this very Hejaz Ultra Committee group: I asked you if the Ploggers would join and you confirmed the Ploggers would.

Based on your confirmation, on October 13th, I created the event on FitOryx, spent some extra time creating an "Offer" for the Ploggers to join the Clean UP while getting a heavily discounted entry to the Hejaz50 plus a free Full Moon to the Hejaz50. This was serving 2 purposes: getting the Ploggers to join the Clean-UP and getting them to get more fit and join the Hejaz50. At that time we were all working hard to get the event back on track with a VERY LOW number of participants. You may remember we had talked about cancelling the event. We were desperate to get more participants. I was really counting on your support to share the offer: As a Committee member for the Hejaz50 Success and as the Hejaz Ultra Chief Environment Officer for the success of the Hejaz Clean-UP.

I beseeched for your kind support on October 15th. Nesreen also voiced that we *needed" this "now" since we were all battling to maintain this event.

I implored you again on October 16th morning and begged again at night.

This is when you explained your preference not to share now. You had an event on Saturday 19th and preferred to share after the event. Saturday evening: leaving only 5 days for people to prepare for the Hejaz50. We're not talking a 4 months H50Solo preparation "a la Dean", however the sole thought process of joining Hejza50 can take time. People share with their friends and loved ones, then decide... Also by that time the price was going up (Late Fee was about to kick in), making our offer less attractive!

This deeply saddened me.

I understand that people can not devote too much of their precious time for a running club. And respect this.

Making the conscious decision NOT to take an easy action, such as sharing a post, at a time when it was needed the most, and when we all - Committee member and Athletes alike - were depending on this action was clearly disserving the Organization. With great power comes great responsibility.

On Oct 17th night you finally agreed to share. You mentioned you shared as an Instagram "story". To be honest, I have not seen what you posted. Was it the Hejaz50 poster? The Hejaz Clean UP poster? Both I hope. As I mentioned I am not a big Instagram fan, so perhaps this is why I didn't see the Story.

An "Instagram Story" is nothing but an ephemeral message, which is meant to last only 24hours and then disappear and be forgotten. Wiped off the face of the Internet.

Hejaz50 is without a doubt our main even on the calendar. One would think it deserved posting as a regular Instagram "feed" as this is where important messages are typically posted. Instagram “feeds” stay 'forever'.

In the case of the Hejaz50 poster, publishing it on Oct 17th, it had shelf life was of 8 days minimum at least. And the shelf life for 2 weeks for the Hejaz Clean UP poster. I can not comprehend how the decision of a "story" took precedence over the choice of an Instagram "feed". Nor the decision not to share on the Ploggers's WhatsApp group which has a very engaged community.

Really.

You mentioned back in September that I haven't given [you] the chance yet to at least try from [your] side to act as a CEO.

I trust you have been given a chance to act as a Committee member to serve our Athletes by sharing the posts and promoting the Hejaz Ultra events. We can't say that this happened.

You may be right however for the role of CEO. Taking into consideration that you were just landing back in the Kingdom, I certainly could not have expectations that you could proactively lead our one major Environment event. Taking initiatives… Organizing teams, transport etc was probably too much. I agree. There was a chance to take. But I did not burden you with this.

I had the expectation, however, that you would care. If not about the Hejaz50, about the Hejaz Clean-UP.

This lack of interest devastated me

Fabrice Laborie fabrice@laborie.eu Thu, Nov 28, 7:34 AM to Taha Boksmati tboksmati@gmail.com

Dear Mr Taha, More than 3 weeks have elapsed. It is now time to put in action your plan for the divestiture/spin-off for the Ploggers and stepping down from the Hejaz Ultra committee. Kindly share the timelines at your earliest convenience. Best regards.

Fabrice Laborie.

---------- Forwarded message --------- From: Fabrice Laborie fabrice@laborie.eu Date: Sun, Nov 3, 2019, 12:25 Subject: Re: Role in the Committee To: Taha Boksmati tboksmati@gmail.com

Dear Mr Taha,

I think it will be best if you step down from the Hejaz Ultra Committee. We can meet this evening around 18:00 at a location of your choice if you want.

Best regards, Fabrice

On Sun, Nov 3, 2019 at 11:42 AM Fabrice Laborie fabrice@laborie.eu wrote:

Dear Mr. Taha, we are all aware you are an extremely busy person, with lot of things on your plate.

Joining the Hejaz Ultra Committee comes with duties, but also the understanding from the other Committee members - though not always from the athletes - that this is not a full time job and that we all have other things to do. Work, family life, other community duties, Training, entertainment, free time...

I am also fully aware of the Red Sea project, which has been scheduled on the same week-en Jeddah International Half-Marathon was announced back in August, and understand it is an extremely important event.

I am not very good with Social Media myself, and, as you do, also wish we had a marketing/SocialMedia Team. I dislike Instagram, and only created an account when I was told this was required to reach more people in the Kingdom as opposed to using only FaceBook. I only learned recently how to "regrann" a post, which is the very quick process to "share" the post created by another Instagram Account onto one's Instagram Feed.

It takes about ONE Minute to do that and share a post. I'm sorry to hear that last week you did not have 5 minutes for yourself to relax. Perhaps the previous week you might have been able to find the time since the Hejaz Clean-UP post was shared on 13 October? I am certainly not the right person to share Time Management theories with a talented Master of Business Administration diploma holder, but for the rest of us, there is something to be said about the "2-minute rule", mostly a trick from David Allen's 'Getting Things Done': "If it takes less than two minutes, then do it now."

In August we published the Clean UP is on our 2019-2020 season's Calendar, though the old name of "undo". As no action had been taken regarding the Planning of our Clean-Up until that day, on Oct 10th, we discussed the Clean-UP event in this very Hejaz Ultra Committee group: I asked you if the Ploggers would join and you confirmed the Ploggers would.

Based on your confirmation, on October 13th, I created the event on FitOryx, spent some extra time creating an "Offer" for the Ploggers to join the Clean UP while getting a heavily discounted entry to the Hejaz50 plus a free Full Moon to the Hejaz50. This was serving 2 purposes: getting the Ploggers to join the Clean-UP and getting them to get more fit and join the Hejaz50. At that time we were all working hard to get the event back on track with a VERY LOW number of participants. You may remember we had talked about cancelling the event. We were desperate to get more participants. I was really counting on your support to share the offer: As a Committee member for the Hejaz50 Success and as the Hejaz Ultra Chief Environment Officer for the success of the Hejaz Clean-UP.

I beseeched for your kind support on October 15th. Nesreen also voiced that we *needed" this "now" since we were all battling to maintain this event.

I implored you again on October 16th morning and begged again at night.

This is when you explained your preference not to share now. You had an event on Saturday 19th and preferred to share after the event. Saturday evening: leaving only 5 days for people to prepare for the Hejaz50. We're not talking a 4 months H50Solo preparation "a la Dean", however the sole thought process of joining Hejza50 can take time. People share with their friends and loved ones, then decide... Also by that time the price was going up (Late Fee was about to kick in), making our offer less attractive!

This deeply saddened me.

I understand that people can not devote too much of their precious time for a running club. And respect this.

Making the conscious decision NOT to take an easy action, such as sharing a post, at a time when it was needed the most, and when we all - Committee member and Athletes alike - were depending on this action was clearly disserving the Organization. With great power comes great responsibility.

On Oct 17th night you finally agreed to share. You mentioned you shared as an Instagram "story". To be honest, I have not seen what you posted. Was it the Hejaz50 poster? The Hejaz Clean UP poster? Both I hope. As I mentioned I am not a big Instagram fan, so perhaps this is why I didn't see the Story.

An "Instagram Story" is nothing but an ephemeral message, which is meant to last only 24hours and then disappear and be forgotten. Wiped off the face of the Internet.

Hejaz50 is without a doubt our main even on the calendar. One would think it deserved posting as a regular Instagram "feed" as this is where important messages are typically posted. Instagram “feeds” stay 'forever'.

In the case of the Hejaz50 poster, publishing it on Oct 17th, it had shelf life was of 8 days minimum at least. And the shelf life for 2 weeks for the Hejaz Clean UP poster. I can not comprehend how the decision of a "story" took precedence over the choice of an Instagram "feed". Nor the decision not to share on the Ploggers's WhatsApp group which has a very engaged community.

Really.

You mentioned back in September that I haven't given [you] the chance yet to at least try from [your] side to act as a CEO.

I trust you have been given a chance to act as a Committee member to serve our Athletes by sharing the posts and promoting the Hejaz Ultra events. We can't say that this happened.

You may be right however for the role of CEO. Taking into consideration that you were just landing back in the Kingdom, I certainly could not have expectations that you could proactively lead our one major Environment event. Taking initiatives… Organizing teams, transport etc was probably too much. I agree. There was a chance to take. But I did not burden you with this.

I had the expectation, however, that you would care. If not about the Hejaz50, about the Hejaz Clean-UP.

This lack of interest devastated me.

Fabrice Laborie fabrice@laborie.eu Mon, Dec 02, 5:10PM to Taha Boksmati tboksmati@gmail.com

Dear Mr Taha Boksmati

CC: http://www.HejazUltra.org

Your action plan for Ploggers' divestiture/spin-off from Hejaz Ultra is now over-due.

Kindly share at your earliest.

Best regards

Fabrice Laborie

Dear Mr Taha, More than 3 weeks have elapsed. It is now time to put in action your plan for the divestiture/spin-off for the Ploggers and stepping down from the Hejaz Ultra committee. Kindly share the timelines at your earliest convenience. Best regards.

Fabrice Laborie.

---------- Forwarded message --------- From: Fabrice Laborie fabrice@laborie.eu Date: Sun, Nov 3, 2019, 12:25 Subject: Re: Role in the Committee To: Taha Boksmati tboksmati@gmail.com

Dear Mr Taha,

I think it will be best if you step down from the Hejaz Ultra Committee. We can meet this evening around 18:00 at a location of your choice if you want.

Best regards, Fabrice

On Sun, Nov 3, 2019 at 11:42 AM Fabrice Laborie fabrice@laborie.eu wrote:

Dear Mr. Taha, we are all aware you are an extremely busy person, with lot of things on your plate.

Joining the Hejaz Ultra Committee comes with duties, but also the understanding from the other Committee members - though not always from the athletes - that this is not a full time job and that we all have other things to do. Work, family life, other community duties, Training, entertainment, free time...

I am also fully aware of the Red Sea project, which has been scheduled on the same week-en Jeddah International Half-Marathon was announced back in August, and understand it is an extremely important event.

I am not very good with Social Media myself, and, as you do, also wish we had a marketing/SocialMedia Team. I dislike Instagram, and only created an account when I was told this was required to reach more people in the Kingdom as opposed to using only FaceBook. I only learned recently how to "regrann" a post, which is the very quick process to "share" the post created by another Instagram Account onto one's Instagram Feed.

It takes about ONE Minute to do that and share a post. I'm sorry to hear that last week you did not have 5 minutes for yourself to relax. Perhaps the previous week you might have been able to find the time since the Hejaz Clean-UP post was shared on 13 October? I am certainly not the right person to share Time Management theories with a talented Master of Business Administration diploma holder, but for the rest of us, there is something to be said about the "2-minute rule", mostly a trick from David Allen's 'Getting Things Done': "If it takes less than two minutes, then do it now."

In August we published the Clean UP is on our 2019-2020 season's Calendar, though the old name of "undo". As no action had been taken regarding the Planning of our Clean-Up until that day, on Oct 10th, we discussed the Clean-UP event in this very Hejaz Ultra Committee group: I asked you if the Ploggers would join and you confirmed the Ploggers would.

Based on your confirmation, on October 13th, I created the event on FitOryx, spent some extra time creating an "Offer" for the Ploggers to join the Clean UP while getting a heavily discounted entry to the Hejaz50 plus a free Full Moon to the Hejaz50. This was serving 2 purposes: getting the Ploggers to join the Clean-UP and getting them to get more fit and join the Hejaz50. At that time we were all working hard to get the event back on track with a VERY LOW number of participants. You may remember we had talked about cancelling the event. We were desperate to get more participants. I was really counting on your support to share the offer: As a Committee member for the Hejaz50 Success and as the Hejaz Ultra Chief Environment Officer for the success of the Hejaz Clean-UP.

I beseeched for your kind support on October 15th. Nesreen also voiced that we *needed" this "now" since we were all battling to maintain this event.

I implored you again on October 16th morning and begged again at night.

This is when you explained your preference not to share now. You had an event on Saturday 19th and preferred to share after the event. Saturday evening: leaving only 5 days for people to prepare for the Hejaz50. We're not talking a 4 months H50Solo preparation "a la Dean", however the sole thought process of joining Hejza50 can take time. People share with their friends and loved ones, then decide... Also by that time the price was going up (Late Fee was about to kick in), making our offer less attractive!

This deeply saddened me.

I understand that people can not devote too much of their precious time for a running club. And respect this.

Making the conscious decision NOT to take an easy action, such as sharing a post, at a time when it was needed the most, and when we all - Committee member and Athletes alike - were depending on this action was clearly disserving the Organization. With great power comes great responsibility.

On Oct 17th night you finally agreed to share. You mentioned you shared as an Instagram "story". To be honest, I have not seen what you posted. Was it the Hejaz50 poster? The Hejaz Clean UP poster? Both I hope. As I mentioned I am not a big Instagram fan, so perhaps this is why I didn't see the Story.

An "Instagram Story" is nothing but an ephemeral message, which is meant to last only 24hours and then disappear and be forgotten. Wiped off the face of the Internet.

Hejaz50 is without a doubt our main even on the calendar. One would think it deserved posting as a regular Instagram "feed" as this is where important messages are typically posted. Instagram “feeds” stay 'forever'.

In the case of the Hejaz50 poster, publishing it on Oct 17th, it had shelf life was of 8 days minimum at least. And the shelf life for 2 weeks for the Hejaz Clean UP poster. I can not comprehend how the decision of a "story" took precedence over the choice of an Instagram "feed". Nor the decision not to share on the Ploggers's WhatsApp group which has a very engaged community.

Really.

You mentioned back in September that I haven't given [you] the chance yet to at least try from [your] side to act as a CEO.

I trust you have been given a chance to act as a Committee member to serve our Athletes by sharing the posts and promoting the Hejaz Ultra events. We can't say that this happened.

You may be right however for the role of CEO. Taking into consideration that you were just landing back in the Kingdom, I certainly could not have expectations that you could proactively lead our one major Environment event. Taking initiatives… Organizing teams, transport etc was probably too much. I agree. There was a chance to take. But I did not burden you with this.

I had the expectation, however, that you would care. If not about the Hejaz50, about the Hejaz Clean-UP.

This lack of interest devastated me.