Paris Marathon 2015

Live Stream, Route, Start Time, Date, Schedule

Paris, France, Sunday 12 April, 8.45am

Paris city panoramic view

There are many major cities around the world where running a marathon becomes much more than an athletic challenge as the history and scenery of the location itself help to significantly enhance the experience. Most notable entries in this particular category would be New York, London and Rome, but for sheer volume of monuments and recognisable landmarks few places can match up to Paris, also one of the oldest, having first been run in 1896.

The Paris marathon gets underway in just about the most spectacular way imaginable by running down the spectacular Champs Elysees, with the Arc de Triomphe at your back. There's possibly only the Brandenburg Gate start and finish line in Berlin that can provide such an iconic feature.

After the start, the landmarks just keep coming, you can see the Eiffel Tower of course, then will get to run by the Bastille, the Place de la Concorde, Chateau de Vincennes, Musee d-Orsay, the Pompidou Centre and of course the Cathedral at Notre Dame.

I know from experience that having some decent scenery to take your mind off the pain can be a big help in getting through an endurance event such as a marathon, and when you add in the cheering enthusiasm from an estimated half a million spectators lining the streets then this is one marathon you definitely have every extra advantage available in helping you get through it.

Event Details

The Paris marathon takes you through one of the best known capital cities in the world, with the opportunity to view some of the most iconic landmarks. The disabled athletes start at 8.35am, the rest 10 minutes later. The course is as follows:

Start on the Champs Elysees

Rue de Rivoli

Place de la Bastille

Rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine

Rue de Reuilly

Avenue Daumensil

Chateau de Vincennes

Route de la Pyramide

Route Saint Hubert

Route du Pesage

Avenue de Gravelle

Porte de Charenton

Boulevard Boudon

Quai de Celestins

Voie Georges Pompidou

Place de Varsovie

Avenue du President Kennedy

Rue Mirabeau

Rue Molitor

Boulevard d'Auteuil

Avenue des Fortifications

Carrefour des Cascades

Avenue de Saint Cloud

Allee de la Reine Marguerite

Avenue de Longchamps

Route de la Muette a Neuilly

Finish on Avenue Foch.

For a full, detailed map of the route, including major landmarks, refreshments and first aid stations, see the official site:

Official route map

Live Streaming

There are a wider range of online viewing options for the big marathons becoming available each year. One particularly good site is Universal Sports, who stream several of the main marathon events, and Paris has previously been on their list:

Paris Marathon on Universal Sports

There is also live coverage advertised here:

Watch Athletics live

An alternative way of viewing the marathon that I'm a big fan of is to check out some of the local webcams - there are a range of them in key locations around Paris, with one on the Champs Elysees in a particularly good vantage point:

Paris webcams

There will always also be a wide range of coverage of the race on Youtube, where the user-recorded videos in particular help give a perspective as to what it is like to be actually there:

Paris marathon on Youtube

Hotels and Accommodation

If you're planning on being in Paris for the marathon and looking for somewhere to stay you can check out availability and make online reservations for local hotels here.

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