Participants in the Paris marathon are “full of enthusiasm, they missed this gathering”, described from the Champs-Élysées, this Sunday, October 17 to franceinfo, Thomas Delpeuch, responsible for the organization of general public events at Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), organizer of the event.
The marathon is making a comeback in the streets of the capital, 30 months after the last edition, due to the Covid-19 epidemic. 30 to 35,000 runners participate in the race. The first departures took place at 8:50 a.m. for the disabled, then 8:54 a.m. for the best runners and 9:10 a.m. for the elite men.
The participants “want to run” and “need the stress of the event”, specifies Thomas Delpeuch. He adds that the sanitary conditions impose the respect of a certain number of rules for the runners. The health pass is compulsory, as is the wearing of a mask, before departure. They are encouraged to take the full width of the road during the race, and “not to jostle each other. It is accepted by all”, he assures, “we will be able to guarantee an event without risk”.
A selection of some photos from the start this morning!
– Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris (@parismarathon) October 17, 2021
Initially scheduled for April, the Paris marathon has been postponed to this fall, like other marathons, like the one in New York in early November. “Everyone chooses their destination according to the plateau [des adversaires] that he has in front “, specifies Thomas Delpeuch to justify the absence of very high level athletes in Paris. The male and female title holders will not tread the streets of Paris.
The runners notably pass on the Place de la Concorde, the Opera, the Place de la Bastille, in the Bois de Vincennes, on the quays of the Seine before completing the 42.195 km avenue Foch, in the 16th arrondissement.