Are you feeling spring in the air? The Paris weather looks like it’s finally turned, so now’s the time to put a spring in your step and get your mind and body back on track! Think about running a marathon!
Below, you’ll find some recommendations on where to begin this spring. Not every race in the Paris / Île de France area is listed (you can see a more exhaustive list here) but there’s a little something for everyone.
Anyone can run in the Semi-marathon d’Antony on March 19th. There are multiple course lengths, suitable for any (or no) fitness level.
At 12.30, there’s a rollerblade race for young participants.
At 1.00, a parent-and-child race.
At 1.30, a 5.5k for everyone, from beginners to experienced runners.
At 2.30, the Semi begins — 21.1k for those who want really run it out. This is not for beginners but is a really good distance for people who aren’t ready to commit to a full marathon. Everyone has to start small.
April 9th brings the 41st Paris Marathon to our fair city. Registration is closed, but you can still mark your calendar to head out that day, cheer some runners on, and maybe get inspired.
The following Sunday, you’ve got a way to let out all that energy you’ve been storing up all winter: The Color Run. It’s a 5k route from the Hotel de Ville to the Eiffel Tower that’s more a fun run than a race. The idea isn’t to be the fastest, just to finish and have a good time. Wear old clothes as the “color” part of this race will be thrown at you while you run!
Sunday April 23rd is the Bois de Boulogne 10k. One of Paris’s biggest parks, this race starts at 9.30 on the west side of the city. This race is also for all ages (16+) and experience levels. You don’t need to qualify to register and can even register up to the weekend of the race. Lace up!
And all of these can get you hyped for the 7th annual L’equipe 10km, coming to our city streets on June 11th! You can register now and get motivated by the handy countdown clock. The race is open to everyone and is on the east side of town. There are over 90 days to go! You can do it!
As always, if you need a little push motivating yourself or want some specialized help training for any race later this year, get in touch. I’ll help you cross the finish line!