The Paris Marathon is now one of the most important marathons in the world, in terms of the size of the pack as well as the performances achieved there. Over a hundred nations and 40,000 entrants come to battle it out over the 42.195 km of this mythical athletics challenge.
Since 1976, the Paris Marathon has crossed the city every year in the second weekend in April, offering an incomparable backdrop full of activities, each one more popular than the next. The personal challenge is therefore combined with a tour of Paris, taking sportspeople to pound the asphalt on the most prestigious roads and squares: at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, participants set off down the Champs-Elysées, towards the Concorde. Rue de Rivoli will then lead them to Place de la Bastille, and after a “green" stretch in Vincennes wood, the difficulty of the route is tempered by the views of Notre-Dame Cathedral and then the Eiffel Tower.