Paris 2024: revealed the complete route of the marathon of the Olympic Games

This will be one of the great moments of the 2024 Games, the climax of an event that promises to be rich in emotions and sharing. The last major event of the Games (August 10 for men and August 11 for women), the marathon, open to the general public for the first time, promises to offer the best of Paris. Thanks to a “walk” between an exceptional number of historical monuments that dot the route. From the Hôtel de Ville to the Invalides, passing through the Opera, the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles or the Eiffel Tower, we can already imagine impressive aerial views.

“This is the first time that we are going to open the marathon to the general public. »

Pierre Rabadan, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of sport, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Seine

With the Seine as the common thread, the route can be enjoyed without moderation. But behind the postcard hides a strong message. This route is a tribute to the women’s march of October 5, 1789. One of the “Great Days” of the French Revolution during which thousands of starving women forced their way between the Hôtel de Ville in Paris and the Palace of Versailles . Louis XVI to accept his grievances and recognize the Declaration of the Rights of Man. The next day, the king is forced to return and settle in Paris. The Olympic marathon will allow us to remember this universal message of defense of the rights of women and men throughout the world.

First steps on the esplanade of the Hôtel de Ville

Start signal! We left the esplanade of the town hall first towards… the Opera Garnier. Rue de Rivoli, rue du Louvre, rue Réaumur… The arteries taken to get there offer an impressive view of Notre-Dame, the Musée d’Orsay and the Eiffel Tower, which herald the color of the first 11 kilometres. The start of this marathon is monumental in the literal sense of the word!

The first steps on the esplanade of the Hôtel de Ville concentrate all the beauty of Paris. An all the more pleasant start as the course is extremely flat. But we tell ourselves that this necessarily hides something for the future…

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The ascent to Versailles… under the gaze of Louis XIV

The route leaves Paris, goes through Boulogne-Billancourt and takes a bit of height to reach Versailles and its legendary castle. Between Hauts-de-Seine and Yvelines, runners will take a breath of fresh air in the forests of Fausses Reposes and Meudon. The road climbs between Sèvres and Ville d’Avray.

“You don’t come to the Games to break a world record but to win a medal. »

Pierre Rabadan, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of sport, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Seine

After turning around in front of the statue of Louis XIV, the runners return in the direction of Paris and take advantage of a long downhill false flat to pick up speed and cross Viroflay, Chaville, before facing the “wall” of the pavé coast. des Gardes (1 km at 10%). At the top, the route picks up the classic Paris-Versailles pedestrian route in reverse, plunging towards the banks of the Seine near Issy-les-Moulineaux.

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Before and after Versailles, two lifting phases complicate the race. The first is quite long, but regular, part of the Pont de Sèvres, passing through Saint-Cloud and Ville-d’Avray. The second is more abrupt. An impressive wall between Chaville and Meudon.

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End of the break between Chaville and Meudon

After leaving the Château de Versailles in Yvelines, we take the famous Côte des Gardes downhill towards Paris. From Pont de Billancourt, the last quarter of the marathon route runs along the left bank of the Seine for several kilometres, following the path of the RER C tracks to the Eiffel Tower.

“The marathon starts from the capital and we also welcome the arrival. »

Pierre Rabadan, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of sport, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Seine

All that remains is to walk down Avenue de la Bourdonnais to the lawn and Place de Breteuil, then walk up Boulevard des Invalides to reach the esplanade.

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Mission accomplished for our four runners

Running enthusiasts, our reporters had the pleasure of previewing the 42,195 kilometers of a marathon that already promises to be legendary. Here they are grouped on the famous Bir-Hakeim bridge, a few meters from the official route.

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