Glorious autumnal sunshine greeted a record number of runners at the eighth French Riviera Marathon on Sunday (8 November). 14,320 participants took on the coastal course, starting at the iconic Promenade des Anglais in Nice and finishing on the world famous Boulevard de la Croisette in Cannes.
Record Turnout For Riviera Marathon
Billed as one of the world’s most attractive marathon courses, 95% of the route followed the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean, set against the stunning backdrop of distant Alpine summits. The event attracted a cosmopolitan field, with 28% of runners travelling from outside of France to take part, and 63 nationalities represented in total.
Mitsu Kojima from Japan said of the race: ““Fantastic experience. I really liked it especially the scenery. Running all the time along the sea is truly amazing. It’s my first time here but I’m looking forward to coming back next year.”
The men’s race saw a Kenyan 1-2-3 with Barnabas Kiptum seeing off compatriots Victor Kichirchir and Michaele Chege to win the race in 2:10:45. Kiptum said of his victory: “I’m so happy – to have finished second last year and now win is an incredible feeling. I was alone with 10km to go which made it hard but I pulled through. Even with the pain I was able to enjoy beautiful views.”
The fastest female was also a Kenyan, as Rose Chepchumba crossed the finish line in 2:36:03 to win the race for the second consecutive year.
Chepchumba commented afterwards: “I won last year so to come back and defend my title is very satisfying. This is one of the most beautiful marathon courses in the world and I really enjoyed it. I’m very pleased to have managed the race as well as I did.”
For a full list of results, visit our race listings page.