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Paris Marathon
Date April
Location Paris, France
Event type Road
Distance "Marathon
Established 1976
Official site schneiderelectricparismarathon.com
A runner gives a friendly tap on the shoulder to a wheelchair racer

The Paris International Marathon ("French: Marathon International de Paris) is an annual "marathon which takes place from the "Champs-Élysées heading towards the "Place de la Concorde and continuing through the city to finish at Foch Avenue.

Along with the "Berlin Marathon and the "London Marathon, it is one of the most popular long-distance annual running events in Europe.


Tour de Paris[edit]

The first Paris Marathon, the Tour de Paris Marathon, took place in 1896. A big crowd gathered to watch 191 participants. It was run over a course of 40 km from Paris to "Conflans-Sainte-Honorine via "Versailles, and the organisers decided to award a commemorative medal to all runners who finished the race in less than 4 hours.

The distance of 40 km was chosen as it was the distance separating Marathon from Athens. The current distance of the race is 42.195 km, which the IAAF established in 1921 as the standard length of a marathon, following the 1908 Olympic race in London.

This first race was won by "Len Hurst from England who crossed the finishing line in 2 hours, 31 minutes and 30 seconds. His prize money was 200 "francs.

Although the "International Association of Athletics Federations credits "Violet Piercy as the first female to race the now-defined marathon distance of 42.195 km,[1] other sources report that the 1918 performance of "Frenchwoman "Marie-Louise Ledru in the Tour de Paris set the initial mark for women.[2][3][4][5]

The modern Paris Marathon[edit]

The public race in 2007

The present Paris Marathon dates from 1976. It is normally held on a Sunday in April and is limited to 50,000 runners. It is organised by the "Amaury Sport Organisation. It is notable for the attractive route through the heart of the city of Paris.

Unlike most other marathons, but like all races in France, the Paris Marathon requires a doctor's note no more than a year old, stating that there is "no contraindication to competitive running".


Wheelchair races are also held at the competition

The race starts on the Avenue des "Champs-Élysées going downhill to circle round the "Place de la Concorde before turning right onto "Rue de Rivoli. The route passes the "Louvre, then goes round the "Place de la Bastille, and down Boulevard Soult to the "Bois de Vincennes. A long loop of the Bois de Vincennes returns the route into the heart of Paris. The halfway point is reached at Rue de Charenton. The route now follows the course of the "Seine, passing "Île de la Cité and going under the "Pont Neuf, then a series of tunnels. There is a large drinks station and foot massage at "Trocadéro, opposite the "Eiffel Tower. The route continues along the Seine, before branching off east to eventually pass through "Bois de Boulogne, emerging for the final 200 metres and the finish on the "Avenue Foch.

Race summaries[edit]


The race was run on April 9, 2017. The top male finisher was Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele in a time of 2 h 05 min 04 sec. The top female finisher was Kenyan Purity Rionoripoe with a time of 2 h 20 min 55 sec. 42483 participants started the race, 41736 finished it.


On April 3, 2016, the men's race was won by "Cyprian Kotut, who stopped the clock at 2:07:11 for his first marathon win. The top four finishers in the men's race were Kenyan. In the women's race, "Visiline Jepkesho, again from Kenya, came home first in 2:25:53.[6]


The race was run on April 12, 2015. The top male finisher was Kenyan Mark Korir in a time of 2 h 05 min 48 sec. The top female finisher was Ethiopian's Meseret Mengistu with a time of 2 h 23 min 26 sec.


The race was run on April 6, 2014. The top male finisher, Ethiopian "Kenenisa Bekele, broke the course record with a debut time of 2 h 05 min 04 sec. Bekele's winning time is the sixth-fastest debut in history on a record eligible course, and it was also the fastest ever debut by someone older than 30. The top female finisher was Kenya's Flomena Cheyech, finishing in a time of 2 h 22 min 44 sec.


The race was run on April 6, 2008. The top male finisher, Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede, just missed the course record with a time of 2 h 06 min 40 sec. The top female finisher was Kenya's Martha Komu finishing in a time of 2 h 25 min 33 sec. Her partner, Frenchman Simon Munyutu, qualified for this year's Olympics with a time of 2 h 09 min 24 sec. The handisport race was won was by Mexico's Saul Mendoza in a time of 1 h 32 min 27 sec over France's Denis Lemeunier and Heinz Frei of Switzerland. 29,706 competitors started the race.


The race was run on April 15, 2007. The top male finisher was Shami Mubarak from Qatar in a time of 2:07:19 narrowly beating Frenchman Paul Astin who was trained by the legendary "Mursalese" (despite his short stature, Mursalese was a renowned long distance runner having broken the Bangladeshi marathon record in 1993). The top female finisher was Tafa Magarsa from Ethiopia in a time of 2:25:08. Handisport race was won by Kurt Fearnley in 1:30:45.A runner who also ran in London's British 10K that year. 28,261 competitors started the race.


The race was run on April 9, 2006. The top male finisher was Gashaw Melese from Ethiopia in a time of 2:08:03. The top female finisher was Irina Timofeyeva from Russia in a time of 2:27:02.She also ran later in the British 10K. South African Ernst Van Dyck won the Handisport race in 1:33:58.


The 29th Paris Marathon was run on 10 April 2005. The top male finisher was Kenyan runner Salim Kipsang with a time of 2h08'02, followed in by fellow Kenyan Paul Biwott 13 seconds later. The top female finisher was Lydiya Grigoryeva in 2h27'00. Ernst Van Dyck won the Handisport race in a time of 1h23’17.


The top male finisher was newcomer Ethiopian Ambesse Tolossa in a time of 2:08:56. This was the Ethiopian's 9th ever marathon and he beat the race favourite - Kenya's Raymond Kipkoech who came in at 2:10:08. The fastest female was Kenyan runner Salina Kosgei (also a newcomer on the event) in 2:24:32, ahead of Ethiopian Asha Gigi and France's Corrine Raux. Switzerland's Heinz Frei won the wheelchair event in 1h37'43. 30,430 competitors started the race.


The top male finisher was Kenyan Mike Rotich with a time of 2:06:33, setting a new record for this event. Coming in second, France's Benoît Zwierzchiewski equalled the existing European record, at 2:06:33. The fastest female was Kenyan runner Béatrice Omwanza in 2:27:41, ahead of Italy's Rosaria Console.

France's "Joel Jeannot won the wheelchair event.

Past winners[edit]

The 2009 winner "Vincent Kipruto en route to victory
"Tadese Tola on his way to win in 2010

Key:   Course record   French championship race

Year Men's winner Nationality Time ("h:"m:"s) Women's winner Nationality Time ("h:"m:"s)
2018 "Paul Lonyangata  "Kenya 2:06:25 "Betsy Saina  "Kenya 2:22:56
2017 "Paul Lonyangata  "Kenya 2:06:10 "Purity Rionoripo  "Kenya 2:20:55
2016 "Cyprian Kotut  "Kenya 2:07:11 "Visiline Jepkesho  "Kenya 2:25:53
2015 "Mark Korir  "Kenya 2:05:49 "Meseret Mengistu  "Ethiopia 2:23:26
2014 "Kenenisa Bekele  "Ethiopia 2:05:04 "Flomena Cheyech  "Kenya 2:22:44
2013 "Peter Some  "Kenya 2:05:38 "Boru Tadese  "Ethiopia 2:21:06
2012 "Stanley Biwott  "Kenya 2:05:11 "Tirfi Beyene  "Ethiopia 2:21:39
2011 "Benjamin Kiptoo  "Kenya 2:06:29 "Priscah Jeptoo  "Kenya 2:22:51
2010 "Tadese Tola  "Ethiopia 2:06:41 "Atsede Baysa  "Ethiopia 2:22:04
2009 "Vincent Kipruto  "Kenya 2:05:47 "Atsede Baysa  "Ethiopia 2:24:42
2008 "Tsegaye Kebede  "Ethiopia 2:06:40 "Martha Komu  "Kenya 2:25:33
2007 "Shami Mubarak  "Qatar 2:07:17 "Askale Tafa  "Ethiopia 2:25:08
2006 "Gashaw Asfaw  "Ethiopia 2:08:03 "Irina Timofeyeva  "Russia 2:27:19
2005 "Salim Kipsang  "Kenya 2:08:02 "Lidiya Grigoryeva  "Russia 2:27:00
2004 "Ambesse Tolosa  "Ethiopia 2:08:56 "Salina Kosgei  "Kenya 2:24:32
2003 "Michael Rotich  "Kenya 2:06:33 "Beatrice Omwanza  "Kenya 2:27:41
2002 "Benoît Zwierzchiewski  "France 2:08:18 "Marleen Renders  "Belgium 2:23:05
2001 "Simon Biwott  "Kenya 2:09:40 "Florence Barsosio  "Kenya 2:27:53
2000 "Mohamed Ouaadi  "France 2:08:49 "Marleen Renders  "Belgium 2:23:43
1999 Julius Rutto  "Kenya 2:08:10 Cristina Costea  "Romania 2:26:11
1998 "Jackson Kabiga  "Kenya 2:09:37 "Nickey Carroll  "Australia 2:27:06
1997 John Kemboi  "Kenya 2:10:14 Yelena Razdrogina  "Russia 2:29:10
1996 Henrique Crisostomo  "Portugal 2:12:18 "Alina Tecuta  "Romania 2:29:32
1995 "Domingos Castro  "Portugal 2:10:06 "Judit Nagy  "Hungary 2:31:43
1994 Saïd Ermili  "Morocco 2:10:56 "Mari Tanigawa  "Japan 2:27:55
1993 "Leszek Bebło  "Poland 2:10:46 Mitsuyo Yoshida  "Japan 2:29:16
1992 "Luis Soares  "France 2:10:03 "Tatyana Titova  "Russia 2:31:12
1991 Not held due to "Persian Gulf War
1990 "Steve Brace  "United Kingdom 2:13:10 Yoshiko Yamamoto  "Japan 2:35:11
1989 "Steve Brace  "United Kingdom 2:13:03 Kazue Kojima  "Japan 2:29:23
1988 "Manuel Matias  "Portugal 2:13:53 "Aurora Cunha  "Portugal 2:34:56
1987 "Abebe Mekonnen  "Ethiopia 2:11:09 Elena Cobos  "Spain 2:34:47
1986 "Ahmed Salah  "Djibouti 2:12:44 "Maria Rebelo  "France 2:32:16
1985 "Jacky Boxberger  "France 2:10:49 Maureen Hurst  "United Kingdom 2:43:31
1984 "Ahmed Salah  "Djibouti 2:11:58 Sylviane Levesque  "France 2:38:20
1984 Additional women's race "Lorraine Moller  "New Zealand 2:32:44
1983 "Jacky Boxberger  "France 2:12:38 Jacqueline Courtade  "France 2:58:14
1982 "Ian Thompson  "United Kingdom 2:14:07 Anne Marie Cienka  "France 2:56:14
1981 "Dave Cannon
"Ron Tabb (ex-æquo)
 "United Kingdom
 "United States
2:11:44 "Chantal Langlacé  "France 2:48:24
1980 Sylvain Cacciatore  "France 2:25:50 "Gillian Adams  "United Kingdom 2:49:42
1979 "Fernand Kolbeck  "France 2:18:53 Vreni Forster   "Switzerland 2:51:14
1978 Gilbert Coutant  "France 2:34:55 "Lawrence"  "United States 3:26:15
1977 Gérard Métayer  "France 2:30:41 Not Held
1976 Jean-Pierre Eudier  "France 2:20:57 Not Held

Victories by nationality[edit]

Country Men's
 "Kenya 11 7 18
 "France 10 4 14
 "Ethiopia 6 5 11
 "United Kingdom 4 2 6
 "Portugal 3 1 4
 "Japan 0 4 4
 "Russia 0 4 4
 "Hungary 0 1 3
 "Djibouti 2 0 2
 "United States 1 1 2
 "Belgium 0 2 2
 "Romania 0 2 2
 "Qatar 1 0 1
 "Poland 1 0 1
 "Australia 0 1 1
 "Morocco 1 0 1
 "New Zealand 0 1 1
 "Spain 0 1 1
  "Switzerland 0 1 1

Tour de Paris Marathon[edit]

Year Men's winner Nationality Time ("h:"m:"s) Women's winner Nationality Time ("h:"m:"s)
1903 Albert Charbonnel  "France [7] No women's race held
1902 Albert Charbonnel  "France [7]
1900 "Len Hurst  "United Kingdom 2:26:28[nb 1]
1899 Albert Charbonnel  "France [7]
1896 "Len Hurst  "United Kingdom 2:31:30


  1. ^ According to the "Sporting Records" section of The Canadian Year Book for 1905: "Len Hurst won the Marathon race, 40 kilometres (24 miles, 1505 yards), over roads, Conflans to Paris, Fr., in the record time of 2.26:27 3-5, July 8, 1900. *G Touquet won a Marathon race for amateurs over the same course in 2.51:48, September 2, 1900."[8] Other sources confirm that the direction of the 1900 race was reversed but note Hurst's finishing time as 2:26:47.4[7] or 2:26:48.[9]


  1. ^ "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009" (PDF). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. p. 565. Archived from the original (pdf) on June 29, 2011. Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.arrs.net/RecProg/RP_wwR.htm
  3. ^ http://www.arrs.net/HP_ParisTourMa.htm
  4. ^ Fast tracks: the history of distance running since 884 B.C. By Raymond Krise, Bill Squires
  5. ^ Endurance By Albert C. Gross
  6. ^ "Race results". schneiderelectricparismarathon.com. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c d Martin, David E.; Roger W. H. Gynn (May 2000). The Olympic Marathon. Human Kinetics Publishers. p. 37. "ISBN "978-0-88011-969-6. 
  8. ^ "Sporting Records", The Canadian Year Book for 1905, 8, Toronto Canada: Alfred Hewitt, 1905, p. 147 
  9. ^ "Noakes, Tim (2003). The Lore of Running (Fourth ed.). "Oxford University Press. "ISBN "0-87322-959-2. 
List of winners

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