This will be one of the great moments of the 2024 Games, the culmination of an event that promises to be full of emotions and sharing. The last major event of the Games (10 August for men and 11 August for women), the marathon – open for the first time to the general public – promises to offer the most beautiful in Paris. Thanks to a “walk” among an exceptional number of historical monuments that mark 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 breathtaking aerial views.
“We wanted a meaningful trip. “
Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024
With the Seine as the red thread, the route can be enjoyed without moderation. But behind the postcard there is a strong message. This route is a tribute to the women’s march of 5 October 1789. One of the “Great Days” of the French Revolution during which thousands of starving women made their way between the Hôtel de Ville in Paris and the Palace of Versailles. Louis XVI to accept their complaints and recognize the Declaration of Human Rights. The next day, the king is forced to return and settle in Paris. The Olympic marathon will make it possible to recall this universal message of defense of the rights of women and men around the world.
First steps on the square in front of the Hôtel de Ville
Starting signal! We started from the town hall square first towards … the Opéra Garnier. Rue de Rivoli, rue du Louvre, rue Réaumur… The arteries taken to get there offer a breathtaking view of Notre-Dame, the Musée d’Orsay and the Eiffel Tower, which announce the color of the first 11 kilometers. The start of this marathon is monumental in the literal sense of the word!
“Leaving the Hôtel de Ville is an important symbol. Because the Hôtel de Ville is the home of Parisians. “
Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris
The first steps on the square of the Hôtel de Ville concentrate all the beauty of Paris. A much more pleasant start as the course is extremely flat. But we tell ourselves that this necessarily hides something for the future …
The climb to Versailles … under the eyes of Louis XIV
At the start of the 12th kilometer, the route leaves Paris, crosses Boulogne-Billancourt and takes some altitude 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.
“A motivating course that will challenge athletes and great to watch on TV. “
Paula Radcliffe, world record holder in women’s marathon
After having turned in front of the statue of Louis XIV, the runners return towards Paris and take advantage of a long descent on a slight slope to pick up speed and cross Viroflay, Chaville, before facing the “wall” of the coast of the pavé des Gardes (1 km at 10%). At the top, the route resumes that of the classic Paris-Versailles pedestrian street upside down, plunging towards the banks of the Seine near Issy-les-Moulineaux.
Before and after Versailles, two stages of elevation complicate the race. The first is quite long, but regular, it starts from the Pont de Sèvres, passes through Saint-Cloud and Ville-d’Avray. The second is more abrupt. An impressive wall between Chaville and Meudon.
End of recreation between Chaville and Meudon
After leaving the Palace of Versailles in the Yvelines, we take the famous Côte des Gardes downhill towards Paris. From the Pont de Billancourt, the last quarter of the marathon route runs along the left bank of the Seine for several kilometers, following the route of the RER C tracks to the Eiffel Tower.
“This course is spectacular, unique and very challenging. “
Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024
All that remains is to take Avenue de la Bourdonnais to the lawn and Place de Breteuil, then go up the Boulevard des Invalides to reach the esplanade.
Mission accomplished for our four riders
Running enthusiasts, our journalists had the pleasure of previewing the 42,195 kilometers of a marathon that already promises to be legendary. They had fun. Listening to them is spectacular, but it stings a little … a lot. This Paris Games marathon promises to be as magnificent as it is selective.