Paris Marathon 2024

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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.


Medical Certificate

You will need a certificate signed and stamped from your doctor, download the certificate from the Paris Marathon website.

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.


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


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, available 2 weeks before the race)
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.

Sunday night

Come to the pub, 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.

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.


  • The JimbobThe Jimbob ✭✭✭
    Hello! I'm in!
  • The JimbobThe Jimbob ✭✭✭
    In for my 5th Paris. Just got back from Boston injured so pulled out of London today. Paris will be my target race for next spring. I might grab a late Autumn race but need to get the leg looked at. 
  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    Bonjour. I’m in too.
    this will be my 5th Paris Marathon as well.
    I was due to run in 2020 but lockdown put paid to that.

    Happy to be heading back to this most amazing city.
    Great course, great support, great fun.

    Don’t forget your medical certificate 

  • 3PC03PC0 ✭✭
    Who's in da house...

    The Mighty JimBob🎸
    Orbutt 🚴🏁
    Dannirr 🐘
    E mmy ❤️
    Eggy 🍔
    RadarSal 🥝🍺
    Yer_Maj 👑
    Lancaster Lass
    Scott The Walker (beware of)
    Helterskelter 🧙
    BFR 💉
    Nells 🐋
    Nodster 🚨
    Pistol Pete 😸🐎😹🐱
    Jaimie 🔦
    Darren 🏃
    Running Rodent 🐀

    Some great people will be in Paris
  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    Some amazing people on that list but I think you spelled BRF wrong 😊

  • 3PC03PC0 ✭✭
    🤣🤣🤣🤣 As I've changed my profile, I wondered if you would know who was the sneaky barstool to open the account..... Spelling mistake !
  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    3PCO - I think you posted on the 2020 forum with this nickname.
    Not thinking of entering?
  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    BTW. I think Helen is EHN.
  • 3PC03PC0 ✭✭
    My spelling is bad but I'm sure I spelt Helen correctly
  • Ooh, hello. I haven’t been in here for years but thought I’d pop my head round the door. In fact it’s been so long apparently my profile’s been deleted and I’ve had to create a new one, so Running Rodent, version 2. Has anything happened in the last 10 years?
  • Good morning 
    anyone bringing cake next year ! 
  • Running RodentRunning Rodent ✭✭✭
    Oh, now I’ve got two profiles. Well that’s confusing. 
  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    Ohahlovethecake. There will always be cake.
    Rodentia. As this is a new profile, then we must warn you….Watch out for Scott 😁
  • Hi to you all- I’m thinking of entering this race. A question you probably get asked a lot- any suggestions on a good hotel near start or finish. 
    Are the start and finish near each other or is it like London.
  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    Hi Stephen. Welcome to the forum. Paris is a great marathon and an amazing city. 
    Hotels in Paris always come with the suffix “…for Paris”
    For example, “It’s quite a big room, for Paris”. “It’s quite cheap, for Paris”.
    Hotels aren’t cheap, rooms aren’t big.
    The most important thing to take into account when picking a hotel is proximity to a metro line that runs to Charles De Gaulle - Etoile station. This is the start & finish line.
    I would suggest looking at some of the smaller hotel chains, like Ibis, Best Western etc.
    Montmartre is a good area to stay, for metro lines and sightseeing.
    I have stayed in walking distance of the start, which was the best option, but prices have leapt since then.
    I have also stayed near Opera, which was on a main line and quite handy.
    Trocadero is also good, as is the previously mentioned Montmartre.
    Let us know if you decide to enter or if you have any more questions, we’re here to help.
  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    Well, I didn’t get into the London Marathon but I’m not really bothered, as I’m running Paris.
    The first time that I ran Paris was as a result of a rejection from London and I’m so glad that that I did.
    It is a great race in a superb city.

    So, if you’ve been rejected by London then sign up for Paris. You won’t regret it.
  • 3PC03PC0 ✭✭
    How many sleeps ? I can't wait. Spoke to Eggy tonight as I needed someone with a Scottish accent, he's arriving on the Thursday, that's 3 sleeps less.
  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    We're arriving on the Friday.
    3PCO - are you running?
  • 3PC03PC0 ✭✭
    I'm running a taxi service 🚕🍻
  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    Ha ha.
    Plenty of time to train. 😁
  • Hi - I'm new(ish) to the forums (forgot my login details from years ago!) but not so new to running. I've entered the Paris marathon 2024. It'll be my second marathon (London was my first) after a reasonable break from marathon running. Fingers crossed!
  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    Hi NeverMore2024 and welcome to the forum.
    Paris is a great race and an amazing city to run through.
    Have you got your accommodation sorted yet?
    Do you know about the need for a medical certificate?
    There will be a big group if us going over, so you needn't be alone, should you want to be with other runners.
  • 3PC03PC0 ✭✭
    Hi NeverMore,

    What did you run London in ?
    a) shorts and trainers
    b) 2006
    c) 4h43
  • Thanks for the warm welcome. @Orbutt - I've got some provisional accommodation booked thanks - near the race start. Aware of the medical certificate requirement but haven't got round to it yet!! Would be great to meet all of you actually. Let's keep this thread active.

    @3PC0 - the answer is d) Blu Cantrell
  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    You sound well organised.
    I've submitted my medical certificate, electronically, but it is still showing as 'pending'.
    Hoping they'll accept it soon, so that I can relax.

  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    I’ve contacted the Paris Marathon people regarding my medical certificate.
    I uploaded mine in August and it is still showing as pending.
    They have advised that validation of medical certificates will begin in January.

  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭
    Woo hoo. Good news. My medical certificate has been accepted.
    One less thing to worry about
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