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.
I know somebody who’s run 871 marathons (as of 16th February 2017) and that person’s my dad Roger. He’s been doing this week in, week out since the mid 80s, so I’ve grown up thinking that running a marathon most weekends is a perfectly normal thing for a dad to do; no different to other fathers playing a round of golf every Sunday morning. However I’m assuming a lot of people might suggest running 1 marathon, let alone 871 is actually a completely ABNORMAL thing to be doing! 🙂
Marathon runner Roger Biggs celebrating his 800th marathin in Pisa
My friend Virginia wrote a post about inspiring individuals back in 2015, asking him some questions on his achievements so I wanted to ask him 14 different questions this time round: Continue reading
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