The universal sport: its a treat in Paris because theres a charming view almost everywhere, whether you glance at the Eiffel Tower while circling the Champs de Mars, or keep up with a barge as you follow the Seine. All the parks are used by joggers, with the Luxembourg Gardens perhaps the most crowded and the Buttes Chaumont offering the steepest slopes. Jogging at dawn finds the purest air, but that can also be acquired at the Bois de Boulogne or the Bois de Vincennes, on the outskirts of town. There are also a number of municipal sports centers with running tracks (see the city's Guide du Sport or this online version).
The place to start is at the RunThePlanet website. From Antarctica to Zimbabwe, Run The Planet offers descriptions of where to run and walk in the cities of the whole world, told by the locals, and to use while you are away from home. With marathon information, specialized running pages and links, this is reputedly the largest and friendliest worldwide running community on the Internet.
For women, Cassandra Davis has a great page of advice and articles plus a blog, on the Time-to-Run site, www.time-to-run.com/women. Also, the ASPTT is a French sports federation that organises runs from April to November. See www.asptt.com/manifestations-sportives/
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Paris Semi-Marathon, starts and finishes at the Stade Charlety, 13th arr., tel: 01.4133.1568.
Paris Marathon in April, starts at the Champs-Elysées, ends at the Champ de Mars; more information, tel: 01.4133.1568
The Francilienne is a 10k race for women, run around the northern end of Paris.
Paris Triathlon takes place in 2010 at Trocadero, with the swimmers in the water between the Pont des Invalides and the Pont d’Iéna, and the running and cycling around the quais in the area.
La Parisienne, 6.5 km run, women's event funding breast cancer research, starting at 10h at the foot of the Eiffel Tower - sign up before 31st August. But there are lots of other activities as well, on Saturday and Sunday: Reebok provides group classes including step, yoga, core training, walking, stability ball and stretching, as well as providing a warmup before the race. Read all about it at www.la-parisienne.net/.
Paris-Versaille - Annual race of 16.3km, out to Versaille, starting at the Eiffel Tower at 10am. See www.parisversailles.com.
Run For Life - "Courir pour la vie" - 2nd annual marathon to raise funds for the Curie Institute, this year dedicated to cancer research. Sign up on Saturday 2nd October from 10h-18h at 25 rue d'Ulm, cour Lhomond, and Sunday, at the Place du Panthéon, starting at 8h30. The race starts at 8h30 and will circle the Luxembourg Gardens.
Les Foulées de Luxembourg - consists of three races around the Luxembourg Gardens: a 10k for adults, 4k for families and 1k for kids. See: www.fouleesduluxembourg.com/
20km de Paris, at www.20kmparis.com/ - starts and ends at Pont d’Iéna.
Jogging des Notaires - November , 10K race at the Hippodrome de Paris, Bois de Vincennes. See www.lebipede.org/joggingdesnotaires/eng_page.htm
Cross du Figaro 15K race
"Le Sport Nature", municipal running groups
In a dozen sites around Paris, the city organizes free outdoors exercise every Sunday morning, from 9h to noon (except in July and August). An instructor leads the group in calisthenics and stretching, then everyone goes for a run.
5th arrondissement: Salles Lucien-Gaudin, rendezvous at the Jardin Tino-Rossi, between quai Saint-Bernard and quai de la Rapée, M° Gare dAusterlitz
6th arr: rendezvous inside the Jardin du Luxembourg, in front of the pavillon des Gardes, M° Luxembourg
12th arr: Cardinal-Lavigerie, rendezvous at the vestiaires, place du Cardinal-Lavigerie, M° Porte de Charenton, Porte Dorée
13th arr: Square René-Le-Gall, rendezvous in the garden, rue Croulebarbe, M° Corvisart
13th arr: Stade Georges-Carpentier, rendezvous at the tennis vestiaires, Place du Port-au-Prince, M° Porte dIvry, Porte de Choissy
14th arr: Parc Montsouris, rendezvous inside the park, at the Observatory mire, blvd Joudan, M° Cité Universitaire
15th arr: Stade Émile Anthoine, rendezvous in the foyer at 9, rue Jean-Rey, M° Bir-Hakeim
15th arr: rendezvous at the entrance to the Parc Georges-Brassens, 40, rue des Morillons, M° Porte de Vanves
15th arr: Centre sportif Suzanne-Lenglen, rendezvous at the tennis vestiaires, 2, rue Louis-Armand, plaine de Vaugirard, M° Balard
16th arr: Stade Georges Hébert, rendezvous at the entrance, 10, blvd Murat, M° Porte dAuteuil
19th arr: rendezvous in the Parc des Buttes Chaumon, at the music kiosk, in front of the mairie du 19e, M° Buttes Chaumont or Laumiere