To help you prepare for the big day, five Air France employees ran - at night - the 42.195 kilometres of the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris for you.
and they're off!
Choose your course!
Effort course : follow the runners for advice at key stages in the race.
Recovery course : discover the best places to recover after the race in Paris.
Follow the scouts
57,000 runners are expected on the starting line at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe. Don't let yourself be distracted by the crowd. Make the most of the slow start to admire the world's most beautiful avenue!
The avenue is on a gentle slope. Pace yourself to
conserve your energy.
Strike a pose!
You've still got lots of energy
for your souvenir photo of Paris.
The exit from the place de la Bastille is a funnel. You're going to go from 150m to 17m wide! Prepare to be elbowed.
You are entering
a nature area. Remember not to litter.
12m-wide roads, 5km-long. This forest is the largest natural area in Paris. Use it to get some personal space and lots of fresh air.
1st first aid
Run with peace of mind
in this vast area: first aid posts are spaced
at 5km intervals from here.
Need some privacy?
Avoid the crowds. It's a big wood -
make the most of it.
A slight incline in one
of the longest streets in Paris. Take short strides
to save energy.
Well done! You've reached the halfway point. Remember to drink at least two glasses of waterand eat some candied fruits. Avoid oranges - they're too acidic when you're on the move!
You're into your stride now. So take in the view over the Ile de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis, where the history of Paris began.
A series of four tunnels run along
the Paris embankments.
Slopes + hills + slight inclines = Go easy on your legs
by shortening your stride.
Look up, the Eiffel Tower is watching you. You'll need some of its strength to clear this leg!
gather your strength
Last refreshments of the race.
You've got 7km to go. Quench your thirst!
A long stretch through a wood two-and-a-half times as long as Central Park! Mind over matter: don't think about where you are now, imagine crossing the finishing line.
Break the routine of straight lines on this last lap that's a real work of art. The architecture of the Fondation Louis Vuitton will give you wings.
Just 1.195km to go.
Keep your head up and relax your upper body to lighten your stride. You're close to the finishing line!
Well done! You've completed the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris! Why not soothe your aches and pains with the help of 380 masseurs and physios?
Give your muscles some well-earned R&R in a marine environment.
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Now you know everything about the Paris race. Good luck and see you at the finishing line on 9 April. We look forward to greeting you in the relaxation area to celebrate your performance.
Age : 37 years old Best marathon time : 3h40mn Course highlights : “It's a beautiful race, really lively, with orchestras and cheering crowds…
Last year, at 22 km, I noticed my children and mom, truly unforgettable." Course challenges : “There are lots of bridges in Paris, which means hills and slopes." Advice : “Start the race at your own pace and keep it up until the finish line. Use the refreshment points,
even if you don't feel the need. And enjoy."
IT EVP Human Ressources
Age: 35 years old Best marathon time: 3h57mn Course highlights: "The starting point on the Champs Elysées when Paris is all yours, the second time you cross the place de La Bastille with all those supporters, the embankments along the Seine and the last, timeless kilometre." Course challenges: “The slight incline in Auteuil village (31 km), the bend at Porte d’Auteuil and its small (but killer) hill (36 km), the last challenge through the Bois de Boulogne and its small slopes." Advice: “Whatever you do, start slow…And enjoy, Paris is yours!"
Flight Captain A320
Age: 47 years old Best marathon time: 4h05mn Course highlights: "The history of Paris unfolding right in front of your eyes in one hour: the île de la Cité, Notre Dame, the Conciergerie, the Louvre, the Grand Palais, the Eiffel Tower..." Course challenges: "The famous wall at 30 km near the Bir-Hakeim bridge." Advice: "Just think: you're actually crossing Paris without a car."
Age: 25 years old Best half-marathon time: 1h44mn Course highlights: “Running through the Bois de Vincennes or ogling up at the Eiffel Tower. And the adrenaline of the last bend." Course challenges: “The voie Georges Pompidou is long and tiring with the sun opposite you, the slight incline at the end of the race and the refreshments are crowded and can be slippery." Advice: “Drink water, go easy on your poor feet, sleep before and after. And enjoy!"
Maintenance Engineer Manager
Age: 34 years old Best half-marathon time: 1h38mn Course highlights: “Running down the world's most beautiful avenue all together is a unique experience." Course challenges: “The small hills before the Bois de Vincennes and Bois de Boulogne." Advice: “Make the most of it, enjoy, and look around you, it's amazing."