Easily one of the more popular marathons in Europe – only the London and Berlin races garner more attention – the Paris Marathon is an annual event that takes place in April and draws more than 35,000 runners... ... read more
Easily one of the more popular marathons in Europe – only the London and Berlin races garner more attention – the Paris Marathon is an annual event that takes place in April and draws more than 35,000 runners to the City of Light.
The first modern races were held in 1976, but Paris marathons have been an active city event since as far back as the 1890s. The Paris Marathon course always begins on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, and usually takes participants down around the Place de la Concorde before heading out past the Louvre, the Place de la Bastille, and along Boulevard Soult to the Bois de Vincennes.
Paris Marathon runners can also expect to trek by the Seine, trot under the Pont Neuf and through a series of tunnels, before finally finishing on the Avenue Foch.
In true French fashion, the Paris Marathon features aid stations that not only dole out the standard water and electrolytes, but also wine, beer, cider, and even oysters.
You can even stop and get a foot massage near the Eiffel Tower. Vive la France!
Anyone running the Paris Marathon needs to have a medical certificate signed by a doctor proving they are fit enough to participate. Paris Marathon entry fees are €60 for the first 12,000 registrants, €79 for registrants up to 15,000, and €95 until the max quota of 40,000 runners is reached.
Thousands of people line the streets to watch the Paris Marathon, and a running expo is held for three days during the week of the event as well.