The Paris Marathon is the unofficial number 7 in the world after the “big six” of London, Berlin, Chicago, Boston, New York and Tokyo. With a start line along the Champs Élysées it’s certainly a marvellous location if you want to tick a foreign marathon off your “bucket list”. Applying in October for the April race I got in straight in too. No ballot for this event! So those Paris marathon tips? Here they are with a few coming from my dad Roger who’s run over 895 marathons:
1, Choose Paris in the first place!
It’s great having the start and finish areas for the Paris Marathon just a few 100m apart. There are two big beautiful parks enroute. A long flat stretch along the River Seine plus a fairly chilled out atmosphere too!
2, Get a nice hotel near the start
We didn’t have to leave our Champs Elysées hotel until 08:45, to be in my pen for 08:55, for my 09:20 start. That compares with getting up at 5am for the New York City marathon! We chose the Hotel Belmont just south of the Champs Élysées and that suited us perfectly.
There are the “big six” marathons and the New York City marathon is one of them! 🙂 London, Berlin, Chicago, Boston and Tokyo being the others.
It’s a prestigious event and if it’s on your “bucket list” it’s a monumental one to tick off. Of course if you haven’t already been to NYC already it ticks that one off the list too!
Find the winners’ rostrum and get a new Facebook cover photo 🙂
There’s an international ballot which makes it slightly easier to get in as a foreigner. I’ve run it twice now, 2013 and 2014. Both times for maternal health charity ‘Every Mother Counts’, once with one of their charity places and once an an International runner.
Read more about my first marathon running for TeamEMC. Continue reading
Last year I ran the New York City Marathon … and thanks to social media, with a supermodel. It began back in 2012 when scrolling through my Twitter feed I saw that avid runner Christy Turlington Burns had tweeted about the London Marathon. We swapped a couple of messages, including one mentioning that my dad Roger had just run his 715th marathon (he’s currently on 792!)
Three months later and I meet Christy at a conference near where I work in Central London. I wander over to say “hello” and imagine my surprise when she actually remembers the Twitter conversation we’d had just a few months earlier. I guess hearing about someone running that many marathons is quite memorable. So we chat for 10 minutes during which time she asked whether I’d like to run for her ‘Every Mother Counts’ charity team (EMC) in the 2013 New York Marathon. After politely dismissing the idea, a few days later I think “why not”, send her team an email, get accepted, and I’m part of the team!
Ending our 10 mile training run in Central Park – (image credit: Clancy)