Saturday, April 14, 2012

Paris Marathon- A Race to Remember

Paris Marathon
Every city worth its salt stages a marathon race. In fact there are some 800 official marathon organized worldwide. Boston is the oldest, New York City the largest and let me venture to say Paris has probably the most scenic urban course run. This Sunday April 15, the 36th edition of the modern version of the international Paris marathon will be run. Some 40,000 participants from 109 countries are expected to take part in the race. The 42 km ( 26 miles) route will take runners past some of of the City of Light most iconic landmarks. The race starts on the famous of the avenue of the Champs Elysées, cross the Place de la Concorde, along the Seine River, past the Louvre museum and City Hall, the shady lanes of Vincennes woods, past the Gare de Lyon and the Bastille column, majestic Notre Dame Cathedral , Orsay museum and of course the Eiffel tower.  Finally after crossing the large expanse of the Bois de Boulogne, the race ends on swanky Avenue Foch, a few steps from the Arc de Triomphe.  Along the route, racers will be cheered by hundred of thousands of spectators and various bands will provide entertainment at the different milestones of the run. To view the course of the race follow this link.

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