The Paris Marathon - or as it is known in France, Le Marathon de Paris - was established in 1977 during the craze for big city international marathons. It is one of the biggest and most popular events of its kind in Europe, thanks to its romantic streets and stunning architecture.
The Paris Marathon starts on one of the World’s most famous streets, les Champs Elysees, and attracts over 40,000 runners each year. This is a truly memorable journey through to the finish in the spectacular Avenue Foch. Medals and certificates are issued to all runners who finish within the time limit of 5hrs 40mins.
2013 EDITION OF THE PARIS MARATHON
The 2013 Paris Marathon was held on a sunny but a quite chilly Sunday. Ideal running weather with the 40,000 participants filling the streets of Paris with their passion once again.. The first woman was the Ethiopian Boru Tadese (2 hours 21 min!) and the first man was the Kenyan Peter Some (2 hours 5 minutes). Pretty decent running on this fast course.
THE PARIS MARATHON
Did you know? The very first marathon in Paris was on Sunday the 19th of July 1896. There was a big crowd at Porte Maillot for the first French marathon, which brought together 191 participants. After a 2h31'30'' race, and cheered on by 2.000 spectators, the British man Len Hurst crossed the finishing line traced out on the Conflans bridge. After a brief moment in the arms of his coach Boon, he regained all his strength in order to receive the 200 francs from the Petit Journal.
Travel packages with guaranteed entry into the event and a choice of hotels and durations are now available with Sports Tours International, the marathon travel specialists.
Whilst in Paris, take in some of the famous sites this wonderful city has to offer.
The best way to explore is by foot or by a guided tour which takes in may of the Paris’s most popular tourist attractions.
Visit a Moulin Rouge Show, a Bateaux Parisiens Dinner Cruise (great for a Marathon Celebration dinner!), The Eifel Tower or take in a panoramic city tour.
Click here for sightseeing in Pairs where you can view available trips and make a booking.
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