Paris Half Marathon

Yesterday I did my first half marathon. Check out my activity on runkeeper.com !

The Paris Half Marathon, a popular start to the racing season.

The Half-Marathon will be celebrating its 20th birthday in March 2012. Traditionally rooted in the east of Paris, this event meanders along the avenues of the Bois de Vincennes wood, the boulevards and streets of the 12th arrondissement before entering the French capital’s city centre for a loop round the Hôtel de Ville city hall.

Up until 2003, the gathering point for Parisian runners was the Charléty stadium. The event then migrated to the Parc Floral de Paris botanic gardens in order to welcome a larger amount of participants.

The number of registrations has now reached the limit of 30,000 people. Naturally, the race attracts a regular pool of runners from the Ile de France region (68%) but also plenty of competitors from the rest of France as well as 4,000 foreigners.

The green setting of the Parc Floral allows all running enthusiasts to enjoy a coming together of sponsors, exhibitors and professionals from the running world through the special village set up for two days around the race.

The route, teeming with many musical events, enables spectators and participants to enjoy a wonderful moment discovering the monuments and districts of Paris.

It is also relatively flat, allowing a significant number of runners to beat their personal bests. Every year, elite runners from Kenya or Ethiopia put in performances of international standard.