The 39th Paris Marathon
25 February 2015
Discover the Many Sights, Sounds and Activities the Paris Marathon has to Offer this April
With sights set on achieving a personal best along the 42,195 metre route, it might be easy to overlook the many other attractions the Paris Marathon has to offer. As well as joining the other 49,999 participants to run in one of the biggest marathons in the world, there'll be a whole host of exciting activities and opportunities to look forward to on and around the 12th of April. Celebrating its 39th year, the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris will offer you the chance to see some of the city's most admired sights and join in four days of celebration around the main event.
An Unrivalled Route
Taking part doesn't mean you need to miss out on a spot of sightseeing. The 'City of Light' is well-known for its array of top landmarks and although focus will be directed towards the challenge ahead, every competitor will get the chance to see many of the capital's historic sights en route to the finish line. The marathon's course will begin on the world-famous shopping avenue, Champs-Elysées, before taking a winding loop around the city. Take the opportunity to admire the glittering gold top of the Luxor Obelisk, before passing by the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries and taking a glance at the Louvre's glass pyramid. It will be the first time the route has gone through Place de la Bastille, passing the July Column and down to Parisian markets. Runners will benefit from the cooling shade in the capital's biggest woodland area, Bois de Vincennes, as well as a chance to see the 14th century castle Château de Vincennes.
After the half way point at Rue de Charenton, there'll be no time to worry about fatigue with such an array of attractive distractions. Meander down the upper quays of the River Seine and Voie Pompidou, before spotting railway-station-turned-art-gallery Musee d'Orsay from the Quai des Tuileries. Millions of spectators will provide an uplifting greeting in the Place de l'Alma, before a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower and the stunning Jardins du Trocadéro appear on the horizon. Those with an interest in tennis will feel excited to pass by the Roland Garros stadium, while every runner will appreciate the calming surroundings of Bois de Boulogne, before quickening pace for the final stretch on the Avenue Foch, framed by the Arc de Triomphe in the near distance.
Activities for the Whole Family
The Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris is also offering a variety of activities to enjoy alongside the main event itself. Warm up along the streets of the capital at the 5 km Paris Breakfast Run on Saturday the 11th of April, which includes a delicious serving of croissants and pain au chocolat. Children can take part in Haribo Marathoons with two races, activities and breakfast included for a whole morning of fun on the Saturday, while the Salon du Running will be home to 200 exhibitors offering equipment, advice, massages and much more over the three days before the marathon. On the Sunday itself, over 100 bands will be performing along the route of the marathon to offer musical encouragement... and if all of that wasn't enough, an exclusive 20% discount off Bateux-Mouches boat cruises is offered to all participants to provide the chance to see the sights in a more relaxing way.
Luxury Marathon Package
Located a mere 10 minute stroll from the starting line, Hotel de Vigny is offering a five-star package ideal for competitors and spectators alike. Enjoy a minimum two or three night stay with up to 25% discount off the best available rate for Sunday night, alongside VIP set-up in the room for a luxurious environment in which to relax. An energising buffet breakfast is also included for up to two guests to provide the best possible start to each day. With prices from just €189 per night, book now or find out further information about the offer, available between the 10th and 14th of April 2015.
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