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Paris Marathon is one of the largest and most popular marathons in the world. With more than 30,000 finishers it is placed as the 5th largest marathon in the world. The route takes you to the heart of the capital, along the beautiful sites and monuments. It takes place from the Champs-Élysées heading towards the Place de la Concorde and continuing through the city to finish at Foch Avenue. The first Paris Marathon took place in 1896, with 191 participants.
The present Paris Marathon dates from 1976. It is normally held on a Sunday in April and is limited to 50,000 runners. Unlike most other marathons, but like all races in France, the Paris Marathon requires a doctor’s note affirming the runner is physically fit to run a marathon.
With 50,000 runners registered for the 37th Schneider Electric Paris Marathon, the race has confirmed beyond question its place amongst the top three major European events alongside London (21st April) and Berlin (29th September).
Website: Paris Marathon| April 7, 2013
- Disabled Athletes – 8:35 am
- Others – 8:45 am
Registration is limited to 46,000 people. For first 8000 place the registration fees is Euro 65, following 12000 places fees is Euro 80, for next 20000 place fees is Euro 95 and the last 6000 place fees is Euro 110. You can register on the official website of Paris Marathon.
In 2013, nearly 140 different nationalities will be represented along the capital’s route, with a significant contingent – around 5,000 runners – from the UK. The 50,000 runners will share the experience, from the start at the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, to the finish at the Avenue Foch, with Paris and the Parisians.
Course / Route Map
Start: Up Champs-Elysées
Finish: Down Avenue Foch
The race starts on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées going downhill to de la Concorde before turning right onto Rue de Rivoli. The route passes the Louvre, then goes round thePlace de la Bastille, and down Boulevard Soult to the Bois de Vincennes. A long loop of the Bois de Vincennes returns the route into the heart of Paris. The halfway point is reached at Rue de Charenton. The route now follows the course of the Seine, passing Île de la Cité and going under the Pont Neuf. The route continues along the Seine, before turning to east and eventually passing through Bois de Boulogne, emerging for the final 200 metres and the finish on the Avenue Foch.
Race Profile / Elevation Map
One of the unusual features of the Schneider Electric Paris Marathon is the number of runners completing the 42.195 km in under 3 hours. The French capital outclasses its European, American and Japanese counterparts in this area, which also serves to prove the high level of the French runners. The Paris Marathon stands out for the overall level of its participants.
Time Limits and Cutoffs
Competitors will be permitted up to 6h for completion of the course. After the “end of race” vehicle has passed, competitors should thereafter respect the Highway Code. The ChampionChip system will be used for timing.
Every 5km, you will find mineral water, dry fruits, fresh fruits and sugar.
Prize Money/ Awards
Both the male and female champion receive a 50,000 euro ($63,000) prize. There’s a catch to winning the money, though, that differentiates the Paris race from other marathons. In order to claim your prize, you not only have to finish first, but also must meet a time requirement. The champion male runner must complete the race in under 2:11:45, and the top female needs a time under 2:23:15. A second place finish nets 30,000 euros ($38,000), third gets 20,000 ($25,000), and all of the top 10 finishers get a share, as long as they meet the time requirement.
Men: Stanley Biwott (KEN) 2:05:11 (2012)
Women: Boru Tadese (ETH) 2:21:05 (2013)
T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates
Medals and certificates and Finisher tee-shirts are issued to all runners who finish within the time limit.
Race Day Weather
The temperature typically varies from 42°F to 55°F and is rarely below 34°F or above 66°F.
Results & Past Winners
Results of past runs for all runners are available at our Paris Marathon Results page.