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33rd Paris marathon
Champs Elysees
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2009-03-23 18:26:51
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April 5th, 2009 - 8:45 a.m (handisports: 8:35 a.m) on the Champs Elysées
42,195 km in the City of Paris… From the Champs Élysées Avenue to Foch Avenue running through Bastille, Nation, Vincennes, les Tuileries…
Depending on your target time (3:00, 3:15, 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:30 or more), a bib with a given colour will be attributed to you. Pacemakers holding balloons corresponding to the colour of your bib will be present in each of the Starting Areas, 30 minutes before the start.
33rd Paris marathon
1896: the first Paris marathon
On Sunday the 19th of July 1896, there was a big crowd at porte Maillot for the first French marathon, which brought together 191 participants. For this first French marathon, run over the 40 km separating Paris from Conflans, the organisers, the Petit Journal, decided to award a commemorative medal to all runners who finished the race in under 4 hours. Why 40 kilometres? Simply because this was the distance separating Marathon from Athens; the current distance of the competition (42,195 km) is simply that of the London Olympic marathon (1908).
After a 2h31'30'' race, and cheered on by 2.000 spectators, the British man Len Hurst crossed the finishing line traced out on the Conflans bridge. After a brief moment in the arms of his coach Boon, he regained all his strength in order to receive the 200 francs from the Petit Journal…
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