A record number of 35,000 athletes will gather on the Champs-Elysées this Sunday, April 10th, to take part in the 29th Paris Marathon, proudly wearing
the colours of Paris 2012.
This record level of participation, along with an expected crowd of 200,000 spectators, will further position the
29th Paris Marathon as one of the top road races of its kind in the world, while
at the same time demonstrating Parisians’ increasing enthusiasm for sport.
All competitors, including the 6,000 athletes who will travel to France from 77 countries around the world, will wear race
bibs adorned with the Paris 2012 motto "L’Amour des Jeux". Competitors and spectators
will also be able to enjoy the sights and monuments of the French capital decorated
with Paris 2012 illuminations and artwork along the 42,195 km race, which began
in 1896 a few months after the first Modern Olympics were held in Athens.
With less than three months to go before the final decision is made by the International Olympic Committee in Singapore, the spectators
encouraging athletes along the course will show the passion and "L'Amour des Jeux"
that unites the entire French nation behind the city’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic
and Paralympic Games.
Henri Sérandour, President of the French National Olympic Committee, said: "It is the passion shown by the sportspersons and spectators that makes
this such a wonderful event. This is a world-class competition with international
appeal that not only demonstrates the support and solidarity of Parisians, but
also their willingness to welcome those from around the world into this beautiful
Frenchman Lahssini El Hassan, who is amongst the favorites of the race, said: "I decided to take part in the
Paris Marathon because it is a fantastic race and this year we will run wearing
the colours of Paris 2012. I am a strong supporter of the Bid and I want the 2012
Olympic and Paralympic Games to come to Paris. By running in this event I can
show my support. Paris deserves it so much!"
Information on the 29th Paris Marathon:
- Date & Starting time:
April 10, 2005 - 8:45 am (handisports: 8:35 am)
- The Route: 42,195 km inside the City of Paris...
From the Champs-Elysées Avenue to Foch Avenue running through Bastille, Nations,
Vincennes, les Tuileries...