Paris Marathon 2020

OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
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This thread has been rolling since 2005-2006 times and renews itself every year. We're a friendly, supportive bunch. Many people keep coming back to run the same marathon and there are always new 'faces' on the thread. So join in, introduce yourself. We've always got lots to talk about and sometimes it even has to do with running and Paris. Welcome

Paris Marathon official website

ASO Challenges website - you need to have an account with ASO to register for the race. I believe it is now Timeto

Medical Certificate

You will need a certificate signed and stamped from your doctor, download the certificate from the Paris Marathon website. http://www.schneiderelectricparismarathon.com/us/registration/medical-certificate

Some doctors do it for free, others a minimum consultancy charge. Take it with you if you have to see the doctor between now and the race.

Travel

Eurostar is a personal favourite to Gare du Nord as you arrive in the centre of Paris. Tickets available begining of October.

EXPO

If possible arrive on the Friday as the Expo is extremely busy on the Saturday. If you must go to the Expo on the Saturday, don’t worry, others have and they survived.

To get to the Expo. GARE DU NORD, take Metro 4 direction Maire de Monterouge, change at MONTPARNASSE, Metro 12 to PORTE DE VERSAILLES.

You will require; ??? 

ID ??? 
Medical Certificate ??? 
Convocation (Confirmation slip, printed off the ASO website, available 2 weeks before the race. ASO will send you an email reminder) 
You will be given your bib, a ticket for the bag drop and 4 safety pins. Also a basic goody bag; plastic bin liner, sponge, water bottle, bumbag….

Saturday Evening

We have our own meet up at a pasta restaurant, numbers are confirmed a couple of weeks before the race.

Race Day

The Arc de Triomphe. Metro station Charles de Gaulle Etoile. RER A. Metro lines 1, 2, 6

Bag drop.

You can take any bag to the drop zone, attach your ticket to the handle. Allow 15 minutes to walk from the Arc to the bag drop and back.

Group Photo.

Our second meeting point, at 8am we have a group photo. Facing the Arc with back to the Champs, we’ll be by the right leg. This gives the fast runners time to get to their pens.

There are limited portaloos in the pens and urinals. Some go in the side streets and even in the pen. It happens, if you get caught short you’ll understand.

Start Area

The Champs Eylsées is in the shade, it can be very cold, bring throw away clothes to discard in the pen. Wait until last minute because there are staggered starts.

The pens are split in two, each pen goes one after the other then one side of the pen, then the other. Last pen leaves just after 10 am.

The Race

The course is fairly flat however start is downhill for 2km, it is easy to get carried away and start too fast. There is a small climb at 32km depending on your race, you’ll either not notice it or it will seem like Everest. Save Energy, not time.

There are makers every kilometre and mile. 

Water stations every 5km. 33cl bottled water. 

There are two sports drink stations one at 28km, this year it was Isostar in small cups.

You start on the Champs Elysées, down to the Concorde, pass the Louvre, around the Bastille, around the Bois de Vincennes back along the Seine, Trocadero and the Eiffel Tower, up to to Roland Garros and the Longchamps race course, around Bois de Boulogne and finishing along avenue Foch with the Arc de Triomphe in the background. The support is great and your own supporters can cheer you on 3-6 occasions along the route. In the two woods (Bois), the support is sparse but generally there is a great atmosphere.

Sunday night

Come to the pub, 3rd meet up, wear your medal with pride. No matter your time, you have earned that medal. Everyone will be sharing their race stories. 
Please say hello, tell us your pen and bib number, perhaps a little about yourselves. If the thread moves on or life gets in the way, doesn’t matter join in when you can.


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  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    Hello all 😁
    Orbutt reporting for duty.
    I've run Paris a few times and holds a great place in my heart as I've met a great many friends as a result.
    Quite a few of us will be running in 2020, so sign up, say hello and join in the fun.
    There is a wide range of abilities from the super speediest to the hardcore endurance runners.
    Everyone is welcome.
  • Kirsten BKirsten B ✭✭✭
    Hi! 2020 will be my 3rd Paris marathon. First was in 2014 and was my first marathon.  I was very much a solo runner so the support and encouragement from this forum was invaluable. Now I'm in a club and involved with parkrun (was an ED, now an event support ambassador).  I've now done 11 marathons, with usually one abroad each spring which I turn into a 5 night city break while my OH stays at home with the kids 😜

    Paris is an amazing city and it's the best marathon route ever! I'm hoping 2020 will be a little cooler than 2014 and 2017.
  • Hi....2020 will be my first ever marathon!!! I completed the Berlin Half this year and decided to "step up" to the next level... I am really looking forward to it already :-)
  • Eggyh73Eggyh73 ✭✭✭
    Hello all!

    I’m a maybe for 2020. Looking to run other races, having ran Paris five times, but the prospect of meeting up friends old and new is tempting.
  • yer majyer maj ✭✭✭
    Evening all. What’s all this, then? 
  • Hello.

    My name is Rob and I’m from God’s Own Country.

    I’ve done Paris 5 times I think, though the last one was in 2014 and I’ve hardly ran 10 yards since.

    However, I’ve decided to be like an old heavyweight, coming out of retirement for one more shot at the big time.  

    Yellow pen, no idea of the bib number.
  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    wheatism. Welcome. You couldn't have picked a better marathon for your first. It was my first too.
    Paris is a fabulous city, you'll love it.
  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    Post your pen and I'll add you to the list 😊

    Preferentials 

    Red Pen  3:00 - 3:15

    Yellow Pen 3:15 - 3:30
    Dirty Leeds Rob

    Blue Pen 3:30 - 3:45

    Purple Pen 3:45 - 4:00

    Green Pen 4:00 - 4:15

    Grey Pen 4:15 - 4:30
    Orbutt

    Pink Pen 4:30 and over


  • The JimbobThe Jimbob ✭✭✭
    Come on then, Red Pen Sil Vous PLait
  • yer majyer maj ✭✭✭
    Violette, with the cool kids
  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    Preferentials 

    Red Pen  3:00 - 3:15
    Jimbob

    Yellow Pen 3:15 - 3:30
    Dirty Leeds Rob

    Blue Pen 3:30 - 3:45

    Purple Pen 3:45 - 4:00
    Yer Maj

    Green Pen 4:00 - 4:15

    Grey Pen 4:15 - 4:30
    Orbutt

    Pink Pen 4:30 and over
  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    2019 was a slightly different route to previous years.
    By all accounts it was an improvement.

    Here is the route.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR0qKhYrxnc2FP3_28Pu9PU-8eMNEFvK1JlDtCHqcCPOQWpK7cPALHex0sc&v=dHDtZ3katFk&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop&persist_app=1
  • Pink pen for me. This will be my first Paris marathon.
  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    Welcome maccazz. A great marathon to pick too.
    The long range weather forecast is Hot weather. You can acclinatise during the British winter 😁
  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    Preferentials 

    Red Pen  3:00 - 3:15
    Jimbob

    Yellow Pen 3:15 - 3:30
    Dirty Leeds Rob

    Blue Pen 3:30 - 3:45

    Purple Pen 3:45 - 4:00
    Yer Maj

    Green Pen 4:00 - 4:15

    Grey Pen 4:15 - 4:30
    Orbutt

    Pink Pen 4:30 and over
    maccazz
  • NellsNells ✭✭✭
    Bonjour! I've popped in to mark my place whilst currently unable to run a bath without a coughing fit. Hoping my Spring cold will sod off soon so I can get stuck in to some running, otherwise there's a chance I might not win this one next year!

    A highly optimistic as ever Purple for me Monsieur Orbutt  :)
  • Sterling work on the list front Orbutt.

    I do love a list.
  • StephAStephA ✭✭✭
    After running Paris this year and last, I told my husband I'd have next year off. But between the Paris Marathon organisers emailing me to tell me "Paris 2020 is waiting for me" and this thread, I'm so bloody tempted to sign up again. For all the first timers or anyone not sure whether to do it - you won't regret it, such a great race in a great city!
  • Thanks Orbutt! Hoping for a hot winter then :)
  • Purple pen for me... and I am hoping for a warm Winter (I'm a softie when it comes to training in the cold and wet)... but I live in Switzerland so little chance of that! I duess there will be many hours on the dreadmill....
  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    Preferentials 

    Red Pen  3:00 - 3:15
    Jimbob

    Yellow Pen 3:15 - 3:30
    Dirty Leeds Rob

    Blue Pen 3:30 - 3:45

    Purple Pen 3:45 - 4:00
    Yer Maj
    Nells
    wheatism

    Green Pen 4:00 - 4:15

    Grey Pen 4:15 - 4:30
    Orbutt

    Pink Pen 4:30 and over
    maccazz
  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    edited April 29
    Ooh wheatism. Switzerland eh? 
    Cuckoo clocks, chocolate and hills. Lots of big hills.
    I'm a wimp when it comes to hills. Oh no, the flatter the better.
    StephA, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on. You know you want to.

    I feel that we should introduce ourselves, a bit, seeing as we are going to be sharing tales of woe, injuries and toilet breaks.

    Orbutt. A shy lad from the North West of England. Took up running in order to race the London Marathon. Got rejected in the ballot and did Paris instead.
    Thus began a whole new chapter in my life.
    Married to the wonderful and incredibly supportive MrsO for quite some time.
    Currently out of action due to a niggling Achilles injury which has made me miss a few races this year but it's getting better.
    I'm slow and proud of it, its all about the fun - and the bling.
    I'm also an optimist, having entered the ballot for London again. Surely, 9th time lucky?




  • Radar SalRadar Sal ✭✭✭
    Green pen for me. NOT purple @yer maj!!!
  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
     
    Preferentials 

    Red Pen  3:00 - 3:15
    Jimbob

    Yellow Pen 3:15 - 3:30
    Dirty Leeds Rob

    Blue Pen 3:30 - 3:45

    Purple Pen 3:45 - 4:00
    Yer Maj
    Nells
    wheatism

    Green Pen 4:00 - 4:15
    Radar Sal


    Grey Pen 4:15 - 4:30
    Orbutt

    Pink Pen 4:30 and over
    maccazz
  • yer majyer maj ✭✭✭
    Radar Sal said:
    Green pen for me. NOT purple @yer maj!!!
    I'll still be able to hear you...
  • Kirsten BKirsten B ✭✭✭
    Green for me!  With a pb of 4:26 that's wildly optimistic but maybe this will be the year I stop eating crap, lose weight and discover my inner athlete.
  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    Preferentials 

    Red Pen  3:00 - 3:15
    Jimbob

    Yellow Pen 3:15 - 3:30
    Dirty Leeds Rob

    Blue Pen 3:30 - 3:45

    Purple Pen 3:45 - 4:00
    Yer Maj
    Nells
    wheatism

    Green Pen 4:00 - 4:15
    Radar Sal
    Kirsten B

    Grey Pen 4:15 - 4:30
    Orbutt

    Pink Pen 4:30 and over
    maccazz
  • Pistol101Pistol101 ✭✭✭
    Pistol101 checking in! Purple pen for me, that'll make me run faster to get away from @Yermaj
  • Eggyh73Eggyh73 ✭✭✭
    Alright I'm coming back for Paris number 6. I'm a traitor to the purple pen having defected to the blue side!
  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    Welcome back Pistol101 & Eggyh73 😁
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