March 1, 2020. Every year, at the beginning of March, it’s the big half marathon that everyone is waiting for, the Paris half-marathon, the objective of the season or an important milestone in the preparation of the Paris Marathon at the beginning of April.
We know the Paris Half Marathon well from having run it many times.
Beginning of March, it’s almost the end of winter, the weather can be really variable, with sometimes snow at the start, extremely cold as in 2005, very mild as in 2007, with very heavy rains as in 2017, difficult to predict… Last year, we had a strong wind. Look at this finish where the wind lifts the carpet and makes a runner fall!
This year again, the start and finish are along the Seine (and no longer in the Bois de Vincennes): start near the Gare d’Austerlitz and finish in front of the Grande Bibliothèque. The route is relatively rolling (at least compared to that of the 1990s). Most of the route passes through the Bois de Vincennes but you also go through the Bastille, the Banks of the Seine and the City Hall (Hôtel de ville):
So, first half-marathon, looking for record on the distance, preparation for the Paris marathon which takes place 5 weeks later, pleasant running time with friends, whatever, GOOD HALF!
And whether it’s cold or hot, no matter the weather, it’s a great party!
And why not combine this competition with a sightrunning tour of the city during your stay in Paris by running with authentic Parisian runner guides (warming up some day before the competition or recovering some day after)? Enjoy the best running routes in Paris with an original private tour, tailor-made for you: