A friend of mine is running the London Marathon and it inspired me to find out more about the Paris Marathon, run a few weeks beforehand…not in an “I want to take part” way (God no) , but rather because, as such a large cultural event of the capital, I feel I should know something about it. Plus it raises money for so many good causes that I can’t see why you wouldn’t want to know more!
The race starts at 8h45 and covers 42,195km of Paris, taking runners down the Avenue des Champs Elysées, past the Bastille, around the Bois des Vincennes, back past Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and finally finishes at Porte Dauphine.
In 2010, statistics from the Paris Marathon were interesting with regards to gender diversity; only 19% of runners being women (7620) compared to 32,380 men. Another interesting stat: 35% of runners were foreign, compared to only 28.7% French (of that, the UK providing 5229 pairs of weary legs to the equation). 220,000 spectators came to support these incredible nutters as they panted their way around Paris.
I’m really looking forward to supporting this year’s runners: Seeing how hard my friend has worked over these months, I have so much respect for people who put their body, quite frankly, through hell for charity. I only wish I could be cheering her on in London!