Paris Marathon

My cousin Sarah ran the Paris Marathon a few years ago and was kind enough to alert me about it. As the promotion on the web says: “42.195 km in the world’s most beautiful city.”

The course goes from the Arc de Triomphe eastwards. Through the heart of the city it is on Rue de Rivoli. At a park on the eastern side of the city, it loops back going westward, but on a slightly different road. Much is along the Seine on the Voie Georges Pompidou. This is basically through the Parc Rives de Siene. It goes out the western side to another park then turns around again. It finishes not too far from where it started. That is, the finish is not too far from the start – the runners go the full 42.195 km.

The top picture is the view from the bridge from the island to the Parc Rives de Seine. It is actually the last picture I took. It is a good overview of that part of the route and the general set of runners.

The first of pictures below are from Rue de Rivoli. That is, closer to the start of the race. After that are pictures from Parc Rives de Seine nearer the end. I “raced” the two blocks from the Rue de Rivoli to the Parc Rives de Seine to be able to get both sets of pictures.

First you see the wheelchair athletes. I missed the initial pack, but did catch this racer.

The elite runners are escorted closely. This is a very bad picture and I’ll blame trying to photograph around the motorcycles.

After the elite, runners continue to come in bunches.

You can see the much more crowded field as we are well into the racers.

If you look closely, you will see these two have a connection rope between them. This is how blind people race – with a companion who can guide them.

The below are from the Parc Rives de Seine.

Once again, the elites with their escort.

And, later, the more crowded general pack(s) of runners.

It was a great day. It was reasonably sunny, but not hot.

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