For the first time in history, the general public will be invited to run the Olympic Marathon – in Paris 2024 – on the same route as the elite athletes.
The Mass Participation Marathon (Marathon Pour Tous) is free to enter, with 20,024 places up for grabs.
Entry is not via your typical ballot, though. Runners can enter themselves into the ballot, due to be drawn at the beginning of 2024, by completing various challenges on three different platforms:
On the ClubParis2024 app – whereby entrants are required to participate in, and log, sports challenges organised approx. four times a year OR complete daily activity to accumulate 100,000 points via the Club (before December, 31, 2023)
On the Mass Participation Marathon mobile app – whereby entrants are required to participant in, and log, four running challenges a month
@teamorange running Instagram account – whereby runners need to participate in various challenges (not yet specified)
The route of the marathon is identical to that of the Olympic Marathon, and will be highly symbolic.
It's inspired by the route of the ‘Women’s March on Versailles’ on October, 5 and 6, 1789 – a crucial event in France’s history – in which between 6,000 and 7,000 Parisian women, and a number of men, marched through Paris, making their way to the Château de Versailles and bringing the King and his family to the Tuileries Palace. That day, Louis XVI finally agreed to ratify the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.
The Marathon Pour Tous will depart from the forecourt of the Hôtel de Ville in central Paris, taking runners through the city to Versailles, before returning to the capital and crossing the finish line on the Esplanade des Invalides. Runners will pass the city's most iconic landmarks and monuments, alternating between urban landscapes, parks and woodland.
A more accessible 10K race will also take place on the same day and is open to young people aged 16 and over. The date of both races is yet to be announced.
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