Paris 2024 today unveiled the routes for the Olympic Marathon and the two races – a 42.195 km course and a 10km course – open to the general public as part of Mass Event Running. The announcement was made in the presence of Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024; Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris; Valérie Pécresse, President of the Ile-de-France Regional Council; Jon Ridgeon, World Athletics Chief Executive Officer; Geoffroy Sirven-Vienot Vice-President of Sponsorship, Events and Partnerships at Orange; Paula Radcliffe Women's world record holder between 2003 and 2017, and Yohan Durand member of the French marathon team.
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A remarkable, challenging and inspiring course
For the Olympic Marathon, one of the most iconic events of the Olympic Games, Paris 2024 has unveiled a new route.
When planning the route for this legendary event, Paris 2024 drew inspiration from the "Women's March" of 5-6 October 1789 when 6-7,000 Parisian women marched through Paris, Sèvres and St Cloud before reaching Versailles and forcing the King back to the Tuileries Palace.
Starting at the Hôtel de Ville and finishing on the Esplanade des Invalides, the course will take in some of the most beautiful sights and monuments of Paris and its surroundings. It will deliver 42.195 km of drama with the Louvre Pyramid, Grand Palais, Château de Versailles and the Eiffel Tower as its backdrop.
This Olympic Marathon also has a particularly tough profile with an overall elevation gain/loss of 438m. The route, specially designed for the Paris 2024 Games is unique, a demanding and technical route. The route has been approved by World Athletics.
“With its unprecedented route, the Paris 2024 Marathon represents a great sporting challenge for the athletes, in a spectacular setting. This race, more unpredictable than ever, promises to be mythical!” - Paula Radcliffe, women's world record holder 2003 - 2019.
"Beyond a doubt, the Paris 2024 Marathon will have something special about it. To perform in such an impressive setting, in a place so charged with history and symbolism, will be a unique experience. I could not ask for a more perfect race for the Games" - Eliud Kipchoge, double Olympic Marathon champion and world record holder for the distance.
"Paris 2024 is providing us a route that's rich in symbolism, entertainment and athletic challenge. Taking up this challenge here in my home country is a lifelong ambition!" - Yohan Durand, member of the French marathon team.
A race open to the general public for the first time in Olympic history
With Mass Event Running, the general public can put themselves in the shoes of their Olympic heroes and run the same marathon route.
To open up this experience to everyone, Paris 2024 will offer, in addition to the traditional 42.195 km distance (20 years old and above), a 10km race accessible to as many people as possible (16 years old and up).
With 20,024 participants per race, Paris 2024 offers experienced athletes and up-and-comers a unique opportunity to participate in the Games and experience this festive, athletic gathering that is sure to leave each participant with an unforgettable memory.
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