57,000 Runners to Compete in Paris Marathon

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Schneider Electric Paris Marathon will be held in Paris, France, on Sunday 9 April 2017. The event is open to runners born in 1997 or before.

The Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris offers fitness junkies a rare chance to run through the tree-lined streets of the world’s most beautiful metropolis.

Participants will begin their epic journey through the French capital at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe.

France_Arc_de_triomphe_Paris_Photo_Credit_Sese_IngolstadtThe route will take runners along the Champs Elysées, around the Place de la Concorde, and onto the Rue de Rivoli.

They will run past the Louvre, along the shores of the River Seine, and then through a series of tunnels.

They will run past world-famous landmarks such the Place de la Bastille, the Bois de Vincennes, Notre Dame, and the Eiffel Tower.

They will pass through the Bois de Bouylogne before reaching the finish line on Avenue Foch.

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With a distance of 42.195 kilometers and 57,000 runners from nearly 145 countries, the marathon is one of the world’s biggest marathons.

More than 40%, or 23,000, of the runners will be visiting France from other countries.

The first Paris Marathon was held in 1896. The current Paris Marathon dates back to 1976.

Unlike marathons in other cities, runners wanting to take part in the event should have an FFA or FFTri sport license or a medical certificate indicating that they are suitable to take part in the competition.

The Salon du Running fair at Porte de Versailles will be held three days before the marathon, attracting more than 80,000 visitors 200 professionals from the running world.

Airline Employees Scout Route

Five employees of Air France jump-started the event in February.

Calling themselves The Scouts, they ran the race ahead of everyone else to help participants in the marathon prepare for the annual event.

The Scouts spent more than four hours taking in turns to identify the difficulties and particularities of the course.

Their observations, alerts. and tips have been compiled in a special website for all those participating in the marathon on 9 April 2017 – http://www.marathontips.airfrance.fr.

The Scouts have also compiled a post-marathon programme with a selection of recommended activities and routes around Paris for runners to enjoy during their post-race recovery.

These include swimming a few lengths in the legendary Molitor swimming pool or climbing up to Montmartre, avoiding the steps!

To ensure you’re in tip-top condition for your marathon, running blogger Anne Dubndidu and The Scouts by Air France will be hosting a live Air France Facebook page event on 5 April at 4:40 pm.

Frequent Flyer Programme

Air France-KLM Group’s frequent flyer programme, Flying Blue, is offering offers members numerous benefits to indulge their passion on their trips.

They can use their miles to register for the airlines’ partner races and marathons, as well as access to the “Air France Flying Blue Running” private area at the departure and arrival points on the day of the race.

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