The Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris offers a unique opportunity to make the city yours by participating in one of the most prestigious races over the legendary 42.195 km distance. The Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris is now one of the biggest marathons in the world, as much for the …
The Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris offers a unique opportunity to make the city yours by participating in one of the most prestigious races over the legendary 42.195 km distance.
The Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris is now one of the biggest marathons in the world, as much for the size of its field as the performances of its runners. Each finisher comes home with incredible memories.
Tens of thousands of runners come to tackle the most fabled long-distance discipline in athletics. This race across Paris, taking in the Champs Elysées, the Bois de Vincennes and Boulogne, offers an incomparable backdrop, with spectacular views and landmarks all along the route.
The Run experience fair at Porte de Versailles, taking place three days before the marathon, is also an occasion not to be missed, many professionals from the running world.
The marathon itself combines personal challenge with the chance to discover one of the world’s great cities. The athletes will pound the pavements of the French capital’s most famous avenues and plazas, from the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, where they take the start, towards the Place de la Concorde. From the Rue de Rivoli they’ll then sweep through the Opéra Garnier, the Place de la Bastille. After a glimpse of greenery in the Bois de Vincennes, views of Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower point the way home.
Every year, this unique and spectacular setting attracts more and more entrants.
Great scenery, great crowd
It was a really pleasant experience even though it was like 5 degrees Celsius. The course is mostly flat with some uphills out of the tunnels and one almost at … MORE
It was a really pleasant experience even though it was like 5 degrees Celsius. The course is mostly flat with some uphills out of the tunnels and one almost at the end. There’s quite a lot of cobblestone, but it’s in good condition so you shouldn’t be worried that you’ll hurt yourself. Crowd was fantastic, there were people at almost every corner.
beautiful race through beautiful city!
beautiful route, great crowd support but surprised that there was no water nor drinks of any kind provided at start (as is typical in Boston, NYC, etc). MORE
beautiful route, great crowd support but surprised that there was no water nor drinks of any kind provided at start (as is typical in Boston, NYC, etc).
The people of Paris came in force to support and in this pandemic era it was so exhilarating to see this. On course nutrition is unbelievable and well though off … MORE
The people of Paris came in force to support and in this pandemic era it was so exhilarating to see this. On course nutrition is unbelievable and well though off for this era. All the crowd support, the bands the sheer history of running on fabled street and around the historical monuments made me complete my marathon. I would definitely go back even though that was not my mantra of running in the same city again.
Great City, decent race
As a destination race, the location is magnificent and I would rate the trip as a five star experience. I traveled with my family (two children and wife). The scores … MORE
As a destination race, the location is magnificent and I would rate the trip as a five star experience. I traveled with my family (two children and wife). The scores are specific to the actual race production, which could be improved.
Location = The scenery is amazing, how often can you go for a run and see the Louvre, Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. Some great views along the course, with many more landmarks en route.
Course – The course is very flat, definitely a race to get a PR. There is some cobblestone, but I wear Hoka’s so didn’t notice it much. If you wear more of a racing flat, you’ll feel them. The last 4 miles have some slight inclines. Nothing that will knock you out, but something that might slow your pace, so keep that in mind if you are going for a particular time.
Things to be aware of:
No power drinks or synthetic carbs – This is billed as a very green race, so everything at the aid stations are natural. They hand out small water bottles that you then throw into recycle bins. I found this to be better than cups as you can easily run with the bottle without spilling and get more liquid. There are no sports drinks like Gatorade, so if you are use to that you will need to bring or you could carry tablets to drop in the bottle. You won’t see Gu either, the food was natural – bananas, pretzels, oranges, sugar cubes. Do not take food or drink from spectators especially near the end. Apparently it is funny to try to get a marathoner to grab a “sports drink” which is really wine or fruit that is really cheese.
Pre race info – The amount of information in the runners guide was essentially a 12 page PowerPoint presentation. Very lite on details. The map is hard to zoom in on to get details. You run through a tunnel, which you would never know looking at the map. Very little information on bag drop. I only figured out that you needed to go to the finish line to drop your bags through help from someone on Facebook. The start and finish are relatively close, but with the crowds and security it’s a good 30 minute round trip from start to finish. Other races of this size go to excruciating detail about every aspect, which I find helps calm my nerves.
Aid stations = While well staffed and supplied, they are rather few. It’s advertised as every 5k, but that’s an aproximation. For example the first one is at 7k. You should take note of the actual locations. We had perfect weather at 40s F. So this spacing was ok. However, if there had been any sort of heat, I think a lot of people would be hurting.
Medal – I don’t know what happened this year and I am not usually a medal snob, but this was a joke. It’s a gold medal the word Paris, the distance and the year in blue white and red. That’s it, no Eiffel Tower, no design, nothing. Maybe it’s some minimalist design I don’t get, but doesn’t feel like a lot of effort was put into this one.
Overall I had a great time. I’m slow so was happy with my PR. If Paris is on your list of destinations, this is a fun race. It’s not up to the production values of the similarly sized world majors like NY, Tokyo, London,..but if you go in knowing to expect you’ll be fine. In addition it’s much much cheaper than any of the world marathons especially if you sign up early and you don’t have to go into a lottery to get in.
Overall - not bad.
From the moment I landed at CDG Airport, my experience in Paris, France, was a good one. Getting from the Airport to the hotel I was staying at was not … MORE
From the moment I landed at CDG Airport, my experience in Paris, France, was a good one. Getting from the Airport to the hotel I was staying at was not difficult – following the directions that was provided by the Travel and Tour Agency were easy to follow. There are a couple of ways in getting to the hotel – taxi, or bus – I took the bus, only because it’s less expensive than going by taxi. The same applies in getting from the hotel to the expo, and return – took the metro. There was a little time where I found myself getting turned around in circles on getting out of the metro – it would have helped if I knew that “sortie” meant “exit.” The Expo was pretty large with a lot of vendors. Getting to the start of the race, and to the assigned coral, from my hotel was all about 10-15 minutes. The Finish Line back to the hotel was about 20 minutes. Overall not too bad. There were plenty of water throughout the course, with cut up oranges, bananas, and other munchies. Spectator support was good throughout the city, but not so much when outside the city limits. The only downside to this event was the Finish Line – Men’s Finishers T-Shirt ran out, and what was given instead were Women’s Finishers T-Shirt until these too ran out. It was reported that some runners eventually lost out on getting a T-Shirt, and a medal – they also ran out – but, I understand that medals will be mailed out. It is still somewhat disappointing since some runners ran their 1st marathon in Paris, and having nothing to take home to show off their accomplishment. I don’t know if the race organization will be able to mail out any Finishers T-Shirts upon request, but I have sent an email to see if this can be done. Overall, not a bad race – oh, one last thing – there are cobblestones, but they are sporadic – the end of the race, when your legs are worn out, I found them to be a little more difficult than the early batches. Recommendation: make sure u put in the road work training so that u end up having a good time, and finish early enough to get both a T-Shirt, and a Medal.
Great course through the city
Loved this race! So much fun to run through such a beautiful city. It was hot the year I ran this so that's why I gave it a 2 for … MORE
Loved this race! So much fun to run through such a beautiful city. It was hot the year I ran this so that’s why I gave it a 2 for difficulty. If the weather was a usual April day I would give it a 1. Only complaint is not enough port-o-pots.
Great race, very scenic, lots of energy
Water only every few miles, but full bottles you can carry along. Great crowd support. Starting on Champs Elysees means minimal early congestion. MORE
Water only every few miles, but full bottles you can carry along. Great crowd support. Starting on Champs Elysees means minimal early congestion.
Big race and decently organized
Lots of runners 57,000! In spite of wave start expect to run shoulder to shoulder for good part of the race, especially at water stops. No sports drink available and … MORE
Lots of runners 57,000! In spite of wave start expect to run shoulder to shoulder for good part of the race, especially at water stops. No sports drink available and being a hot day, water breaks every 5 or 6 km was a bit challenging in second half of the race
A great way to see the city!
It takes a long time to start the race because of the shear number of people competing. The race was great and the medals and end party were a lot … MORE
It takes a long time to start the race because of the shear number of people competing. The race was great and the medals and end party were a lot of fun. I would recommend this race.
Run Paris in the spring
There is a time limit for this marathon (6 or 6.5 hrs). You're placed in a corral based on projected finish time, however, you can change corrals at the Expo. … MORE
There is a time limit for this marathon (6 or 6.5 hrs). You’re placed in a corral based on projected finish time, however, you can change corrals at the Expo. Slower runners can gain 2+ hrs by moving up a few corrals. Scenery in this marathon is fantastic. Aid stations have run out of water, bring your own bottle for refilling from hoses.
Eiffel Tower Photo Op at Mile 18
Vast race expo. Race day - Leave extra time to get into your starting corral... Fenced off & difficult to find entry points! On course nutrition = piles of raisins, … MORE
Vast race expo. Race day – Leave extra time to get into your starting corral… Fenced off & difficult to find entry points! On course nutrition = piles of raisins, sugar cubes, orange slices & bottles of water. Large post-race area for runners only. Pick meeting point in advance!
The City of Light, love,and running too!
A race that starts at "arc de triomphe" cannot be anything than epic. Flat and super scenic, particularly running along the Champs Elysees or parallel to the Seine river with … MORE
A race that starts at “arc de triomphe” cannot be anything than epic. Flat and super scenic, particularly running along the Champs Elysees or parallel to the Seine river with a gorgeous view of the Eiffel Tower…It helps that I work for the company that had the title sponsor this year, so we got VIP treatment at the expo and on race day 🙂
A worthy bucket-list marathon, 100%
What an amazing marathon! It turns out that Paris in the springtime is pretty damn great, and our friends across the pond know how to put on a good race. … MORE
What an amazing marathon! It turns out that Paris in the springtime is pretty damn great, and our friends across the pond know how to put on a good race. The race weekend itself was a blast, from the expo to the Saturday morning Breakfast Run (more on that below) to the race itself. Here are some thoughts in no particular order:
–Race expo was laid out quite sensibly– it was easy for me to get in and out quickly, but I could have spent quite a while there. Bonus points for the expo being very easily accessible by metro/public transit.
–The course itself was incredible, starting on the Champs-Elysses (in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe) and heading east through the heart of Paris before reaching Vincennes and coming back west. Running along the banks of the River Seine, looking up at the Notre Dame cathedral across the shore, was among the most peaceful moments in marathon racing that I’ve ever had. The course was a great mixture of city streets, neighborhoods, and green parks.
–The swag was pretty good! All registrants got a drawstring backpack that included a SPIbelt-type waist belt and a poncho for race morning (nice touch), and finishers received an Asics finisher’s shirt at the end of the race along with a medal. If you wanted to spring 7ish euros for a beer at the end, you also received a cool-looking marathon pint glass (plastic, but good quality). There was plenty of very reasonably-priced merchandise available at the expo, and I picked up another race tech shirt, which I almost never do.
–There was a pretty good selection of food for finishers, and if you wanted some hot food, there was a huge selection of reasonably-priced food vendors just outside of the area where you pick up your bag from gear check.
–It was definitely a party atmosphere at the end of the race
–The crowd support was excellent, significantly better than what I found at the Berlin Marathon. Many chants of “Allez, allez!” along the way
–THE BREAKFAST RUN WAS SO GREAT. The morning before the marathon, the Paris Marathon holds a 5K “breakfast run” that a little starts west of the Arc de Triumph and ends right by the Eiffel Tower. You have to pre-register for this, but for only *7 EUROS*, you get a tech shirt, a small flag from your home country to carry, a leisurely/untimed jog through closed city streets, and a continental-style breakfast at the end of the run. It was really well-done, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone running this race.
–The Paris Marathon’s gear check is located at the finish line, so that they don’t have to transport any gear during the race. It works well that you can get your gear shortly after you finish, but it’s a good mile from the starting line, so be prepared for a non-insignificant walk before you run a marathon.
–Aid stations were located only every 5K, which is a departure from the frequency of aid stations at American races, and the only beverage available was bottled water. There was no sports drink at any of the aid stations. This isn’t even close to a dealbreaker, and I knew this coming in, but you’ll want to make sure that you have GUs / salt tabs / electrolyte tabs on your person. It got quite warm on race day, with temperatures reaching the 70s, and I wilted a bit at the end. Extra aid stations in the 2nd half of the race would have been very welcome.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: This race was incredible, maybe my favorite behind Chicago and New York. I’d put Paris in the same tier as Big Sur and ahead of Berlin, this race deserves a spot on anyone’s running bucket list.
Paris in springtime!
If you're looking for a marathon to run in Europe, Paris is an awesome place to start. The race takes place in the springtime, which is when the flowers are … MORE
If you’re looking for a marathon to run in Europe, Paris is an awesome place to start. The race takes place in the springtime, which is when the flowers are blooming in Paris and the weather is generally pretty nice. You’ll feel the energy of this big city marathon at the Expo and Pasta Dinner, where runners from around the world congregate and fuel up for the big day.
It’s an impressive sight with 30,000+ runners lining up on the famous Champs Elysees on the morning of the marathon with the Arc de Triomphe prominently displayed in the background. The Paris Marathon has a relatively flat course that takes you through the heart of the city and past several of its most well-known landmarks, including the Louvre, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Arc de Triomphe… with a good amount of time running right along the banks of the River Seine. The crowd support was quite good the year I ran it, and you’ll hear the chant “Allez! Allez!” many times as you weave through the city streets.
Paris is definitely a marathon I’d do again… and the best part is indulging on the Nutella covered crepes after the race is over, which can be found all around the city 🙂