This will be the demanding Paris 2024 marathon and its nod to the French Revolution
Juan José Saldaña
May 15, 2024

On April 30, the qualification period for the marathon of the Olympic Games in Paris 2024 ended, which is already beginning to give us an idea of ​​what one of the most attractive and traditional competitions of the Olympic Games will be like.

“With these elevation changes, the Paris 2024 Marathon will force athletes to push to their limits. It will be a fantastic sporting challenge in a spectacular setting. He promises a legendary career!” With these words, Paula Radcliffe, a British marathoner who once held the world marathon record, spoke about the Paris 2024 route.

The path to Olympic glory contemplates a height of 183 meters with a changing route of up to 13.5% gradient in ascent and 13.4% in descent, obtaining a total gradient of 436 meters, which will transform Paris 2024 in quite a challenge for its participants.

RUNNING AMONG THE LOUVRE PYRAMIDS

This hard route of 42,195 kilometers will be accompanied by the most iconic places of the French capital, starting with the Hotel de Ville and passing by the Paris Opera, the Tuileries Garden, the Louvre Pyramids, the Palace of Versailles, the Tower Eiffel and many more.

The main candidate for gold in the Olympic marathon, Eliud Kipchoge, has only had good words for the Paris route, expressing that, “without a doubt, the Paris 2024 marathon will have something special. Running in this impressive setting, in a place so full of history and symbolism, will be a unique experience. “I couldn’t ask for a more perfect race for the Games.”

Breaking with the tradition of the Olympic Games, it will be the women’s competition that will close the Olympic Games instead of the men’s. This exciting test will begin on Sunday, August 11, 2024 at 8 am, while the men’s competition will take place on Saturday, August 10 at the same time. In addition to the calendar change, the race route itself will honor the crucial role of women in history, referencing a significant event of the French Revolution: the Women’s March on Versailles on October 5, 1789.

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