One of the biggest marathons in Europe - Paris Marathon - marks its 40th anniversary on 3 April 2016. Entries are now open for the race with Sports Tours International offering guaranteed places and a variety of travel packages for the event.
Paris Marathon was established in 1977 during the craze for big city international marathons. A major international marathon, Paris attracts a field of 40,000 runners each year. 2015 saw a record entry, including 18,000 international competitors representing 150 nations.
Starting on the iconic Champs-Elysées, the scenic course takes in the Louvre, Place de la Bastille, the Eiffel Tower and Pont Neuf before finishing in the spectacular Avenue Foch. Last year’s race saw Kenenisa Bekele break the course record in the men’s race with a time of 2:05:04 – the sixth fastest marathon debut in history. He has yet to confirm whether he’ll be racing again at the event.
For UK runners, Sports Tours offers several hotel options for your stay:
Ibis Cambronne Paris Tour Eiffel - Well located 3 star hotel from £189pp
Mercure Paris Tour Eiffel - Recently renovated 4 star hotel from £269pp
Hotel Collectioneur - 5 star luxury near start and finish from £799pp