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On your mark, get set, go! Every April the Paris Marathon starts from Champs Elysées and makes its way along the Seine and past the most famous landmarks in the world, before wending its way to the finish line on Avenue Foch.
If you run the race, you'll be in good company with 40,0000 runners from around the world and over 200,000 spectators to cheer you on.
Paris Marathon Traditions. The whole city of Paris celebrates – food and drink stalls spring up for the event, and there is music everywhere. Over 100 musical acts perform along the intense 40 kilometer route (26 miles).
Want to register in the Paris marathon? The rule of registration is first come, first served, and the limit is 40,000 runners.
Registration Website »
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The loop starts and finishes at the Arc de Triomphe and along the way you'll pass the Louvre, Notre Dame, Bastille and the Eiffel Tower.
Every 5 kilometres (3 miles) along the Seine river banks are refreshment stations offering a variety of easy-to-eat, pick-me-up snacks for the runners.
Have a snack, run, and listen to the music!
When you purchase your ticket through Air France on the KLM Global Meetings website, you get a 10% discount on you flight. The discount applies to a wide range of airfares on all Air France and KLM flights worldwide. Check the Paris Marathon website for this years' discount code.
July 19, 1891. A big crowd gathered at Porte Maillot to watch the 191 participants cross the finish line.The winner was Len Hurst of Britain who finished at a respectable 2 hours and 31 minutes. His reward? 200 francs awarded by the Petit Journal newspaper. The first modern day Paris Marathon was held in 1977 and has gained popularity since then. Today it's ranked in the top ten of world marathons.
5 Rue Belidor, 75017
Relax after the race in the Winter Garden and library in this chic hotel. Located at Étoile (Arc de Triomphe) on a tiny one-way street next to Le Palais des Congrès.
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7, Rue de Magellan, 75008
Located just off Champs Elysées, this elegant hotel is close to the starting line. After the race, enjoy the complementary glass of champagne and the chocolates left on your pillow.
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1 Avenue Carnot, 75017
Close to the starting line, the rooms are spacious and bright, many with balconies. Bonus: the hotel is located on a quiet side street.
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28 Rue de L'Arc de Triomphe, 75017
The rooms in this environmentally-friendly hotel are decorated in a modern decor and with a blend of natural materials.
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6 Rue Pierre Demours, 75017
Set in a historic mansion, this hotel is stylishly decorated with an artful fusion of old and new. Rooms look out onto a large, manicured garden.
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Pamper yourself at the spa with sauna, steam room, and hydrotonic bath. The race is less than 10 minute walk from the hotel. Ask for a suite with a terrace.
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