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24 November 2020   |   Blog   |   

New Dates Announced for Paris Marathon and Paris Half.

Two of Europe’s biggest running events will return to the ‘City of Lights’ next year. NEW DATES  have been announced for both the Paris Marathon (now taking place on October 17th) and the Paris Half Marathon (rearranged for September 5th). Both events are exceptionally popular, year on year, and, due to roll over entries, and race deferrals from 2020, we expect demand for 2021 to be higher than ever. These iconic race are on sale NOW; book soon to avoid disappointment.

The Paris Marathon 

Course Records 

Men: 2:05:04 (2014) Kenenisa Bekele – Ethiopia
Women: 2:20:55 (2017) – Purity Cherotich – Kenya

The Paris Marathon is notable for the particularly scenic route it takes through the iconic city. As they run, participants pass famous landmarks such as the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, and of course the Eiffel tower. Today, the Paris Marathon is an enormously popular race. Its  fast course makes it a bucket list event for many runners. Close to 50,000 runners register for the race each year, making it the second biggest marathon, by number of finishers, in the world. The only one bigger is the TCS New York City Marathon!

The first marathon in Paris, the Tour de Paris Marathon, took place way back in 1896. It was held on a 25 mile course, and just 191 runners participated. The Marathon, as we know it today, was established in 1976. The route begins along the Champs-Élysées, before heading southeast, through the city to the Bois de Vincennes. It then heads back through the city, by the side of the River Seine, before finishing on Avenue Foch. This fully circular route makes for easy race day logistics, meaning you have more time to discover one of Europe’s most popular cities in your free time!

Paris Half Marathon

Course Records

Men: 59:44 (2012) Stanley Biwott – Kenya

Women: 1:07:55 (2012) Pauline Njeri – Kenya

The course of the Paris Half Marathon was recently revamped. In 2021, the race starts and a finishes within Paris city centre, adding to the buzz of the big day! The race both begins and ends on the picturesque banks of the river Seine. The start is on the Quais d’Austerlitz, and finish on the Quais François Mauriac (in front of the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand). After the race, you’ll be able to enjoy the many shops, cafes, and terraces, along the banks of the Seine.  Alternatively, you can explore the nearby avenues of this magnificent, renovated quarter of the 13th arrondissement.

Taking place every year, in March, since 1993, the Paris Half Marathon has quickly taken its place among the city’s many iconic sporting events. With a festive atmosphere and musical entertainment throughout the course, the Paris Half Marathon has also exploded in popularity. Around 40,000 runners register to take on the challenge each year, with around 4ooo coming from overseas. The ‘Semi de Paris’ is a World Athletics Bronze Label race, making it even more popular, and entry even more competitive!

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