Given this 50,000 runners event was very well organized, from one of the largest running expo, Pre race to Post race. Few minor minus point like the fence issue at starting.
This race starts at 8.45 am on Champs Elysees with a unique opportunity to discover the city across the 26 miles distance.
This is one of the biggest in the world (alongside NY, Berlin, Chicago and London), not just in terms of the number of participants. The logistics, services, performances and media coverage is incredible and extensive.
We started with a jog ‘upstream’ to drop-off bag area including crossing the Arch de Triomph roundabout. This was filled with thousands of runners, not a normal view! We then we rushed down the Avenue of Champs Elysees to join the start group, which were separated by a gated fencing by expected finished time.
A bit chilly (most of us wore the thin plastic ponchos given in the pre-race bag). It certainly wasn’t really proper spring weather but there was a clear blue sky.
The start went pretty efficiently given the huge participants. Took about close to an hour to cross starting line though.
Shortly after the start, passed Concorde, went alongside Louvre. By half mark, ran across Bois de Vincennes. After that passed Bastille, then ran along the road along the river. Entered tunnel, then various underpasses, which also including the tunnel in which Princess Diana died. Then came, the Eiffel Tower, who could miss it? Entered Bois de Boulogne, second largest park in Paris. Finally, the Arch was in sight with gazillions of spectators lining on the street closer to finishing line.
Relatively flat course, just one minor up and down.
Overall, a wonderful race atmosphere with live bands along the route.
The aid stations had bottled water, oranges, bananas, and sugar cubes every 3 miles. There were also sponge bath stations. At finish area, firstly water, then queued-up up for finisher t-shirt ( some runners did not get their wanted size ), choices of fruits, and finally given a medal.
8 could easily be high 9 should I don’t suffer from menstrual cramp and enjoy the view more. Alas, a must do marathon with appeal to runner- tourist like me. Rating for organization: 10 given this 50,000 runners event was very well organized, from one of the largest running expo, Pre race to Post race. Few minor minus point like the fence issue at starting.