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Paris Marathon

One of the most famous marathons in the world, the Paris Marathon is a Gold Label IAAF and attracts nearly 40,000 runners each year.

The marathon course takes in all of Paris' famous landmarks. The race starts, and finishes, close to the Arc de Triomphe. The runners go by the Place de la Concorde and then the Place de la Bastille. After passing the Chateau de Vincennes the runners will then reach the easternmost part of the course at the 14km mark and begin heading back to the centre of the city. Notre Dame, Musee d'Orsay and then the Eiffel Tower are passed by the runners as they go along the Seine. The course continues in a clockwise manner before going through Bois De Boulogne and ending just before the Arc de Triomphe.

During the race there are aid stations dispensing water and sponges as well as fresh fruit like oranges and bananas and also raisins. 33km along the course is a drink station with energy drinks. The course does follow an undulating route with various hills along the way for runners to take on. There are steep uphill segments at the 6km and 36km marks. At the 16km mark the race reaches its highest spot and the next 20km provide a downhill gradient. There is a slight uphill finish to the race.

Course records were set in 2012. With a time of 2 hours, 5 minutes and 11 seconds Stanley Biwott of Kenya became the fastest man for the Paris Marathon. The record for the women's race was set by Ethiopia's Tirfi Beyene at 2 hours, 21 minutes and 39 seconds. Previous winners of the women's race include Atsede Baysa, Lidiya Grigoryeva and Marleen Renders. Luis Soares, Steve Brace, Benoit Zwierzchiewski, Salim Kipsang and Benjamin Kiptoo are some of the winners of the men's race.

The Paris Marathon is run in April. Temperatures in Paris during that month range from 7 degrees Celsius to 14 degrees Celsius. It can be raining during that time of year in Paris.

International runners will fly into Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, with trains and buses to take people into Paris. Those in Europe can get to Paris on the TGV train.

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