Originally Posted by garbanzo
Sorry for resurrecting an old thread but I've just signed up for this year's one this September. I've a fair bit of training to do and would appreciate any insights from any of you good folks if you have them.
I ran it in 2015 and loved it.
You'll have to collect your race number etc on the Saturday morning in Paris, the website will tell you were to collect it, then it's all about taking it relatively easy until the Sunday.
It's a big event, there is a warm up track near the start, champ de mars I think it's called. If you bring a bag to the event, clothes etc when race is complete, you can drop it at a drop point beside the track, the bags will be at the finish line when you get there. Buy a ticket for the train back to Paris in advance, saves queuing on the day after the race.
The hill at the 4 mile mark is tough, long and quite steep, But the crowds urge you on. There are refreshment points along the route, water, oranges and cubes of sugar are handed out.
Don't worry if you don't get a warm up done as it takes a long time to get all runners away, they do it in stages, fastest first etc, I was waiting about 30mins to get away so was just standing around for that time but do get to the start on time. You get a nice medal at the end of it.
I thought about running it again this year, but didn't register.
Best of luck.