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Paris Marathon on April 5, 2009

Paris Marathon 2009

The next Paris Marathon will take place on Sunday April 5, 2009..
It will start from the top of the Champs-Elysées Avenue.

  • at 8.35 am for disabled people,
  • at 8.45 am for the others.



After going down through the famous Champs-Elysées Avenue, the Paris Marathon will take the direction of the Vincennes Wood (Bois de Vincennes) situated in the East of Paris, before crossing back the capital from the other way (the West), for a little run in the Boulogne Wood (Bois de Boulogne) just before closing the 42.195 km (about 26.22 miles) run at Foch Avenue, near the Champs-Elysées Avenue.

37000 participants at start

Km 0 : The race will start 10 meters lower from the top of the Champs-Elysées Avenue.
Km 1-2 : Crossing from the Place de la Concorde to the Rivoli street will be on the left side of the Obelisk.
Km 36 : At the Place de la Porte d’Auteuil, coming back from Rolland-Garros, you will pass on the left side of the fountain to go up to the Hippodrome (Horses racetrack).
Km 38-39 : The passage in front of the door of the Hippodrome of Auteuil was modified. You will go through the Route de Boulogne to Passy and Route d’Auteuil to Suresnes.

Origins

Philippidès, messenger of peace in 490 BC, was the first marathoner. His performance became the reference for an out of the common event.

Marathon, called today Marathónas, is a city of Ancient Greece situated in the Attic at 40 km (24.85 miles) in the north-east of Athens. In 490 BC, the Athenians, conducted by Miltiades and helped by a contingent of Platens, had a great military victory that put an end to the first Greco-Persian war. Tradition tells that, in order to reassure its fellow-citizens, Miltiades sent there a messenger, the soldier Philippidès, who run the distance with so hurry that he died from exhaustion when he arrived. It is in order to celebrate his heroism that was created the Marathon event.

1896 : the first marathon of Paris

On Sunday 19 of July 1896 is organized the first marathon of Paris, 191 participants lined up on the starting line… The same year begins the revival of the modern Olympic Games. Spiridon Louys, Greek shepherd, wins the first Greek marathon and the Britannic Len Hurst wins the Paris one… in about 2 hours and a half.

The Marathon of Paris comes back to life on the 18th of September 1976.

Year after year, the Paris Marathon became an international event where the best marathoners come to fight, as for the great marathons of New-York or London.