Compete in the famous Paris marathon for a unforgettable experience
The annual Paris marathon is one of the most well attended in the world and as the over 57,000 runners make their way through what could arguably be called the most beautiful marathon route in the world, the atmosphere is electric. There is no better way to take in this annual feat of endurance than by making the Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysees your home base hotels near the Paris Marathon. Whether you are taking part yourself, supporting a loved one as they embark on the gruelling 26-mile course or simply want to marvel at the spectacle of thousands of athletes from all across the globe taking on the exquisite boulevards of Paris, the Fraser Suites are the ideal way to combine luxury with the energy and excitement of this grand event.
History of this renowned event
The Paris Marathon or the Tour de Paris Marathon as it is was known, was first run in 1896 when hundreds of Parisian citizens turned out to watch 191 brave souls take on a 40km jaunt through the streets of the city. An Englishman by the name of Len Hurst was first across the finish line with a time of 2 hours, 31 minutes and 30 seconds. Reportedly his prize was 200 francs. There was also a medal, the was given to all those who finished the feat in under 4 hours.
The current day distance of the Paris Marathon was set in 1921 as 42.195km and it was around this time that the start of the marathon was moved to the shopping mecca of the Champs-Elysees. Today's marathon route is a feast for the sightseeing athlete, runners take in views of many of the famed capitals city landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Bastille and Notre Dame, not to mention the two wooded areas at either end of the course.
Get into the racing spirit by visiting the Salon du Running fair, held three days before the marathon. Racers of all nationalities and skill sets rub shoulders alongside professional and elite runners. With over 220 exhibitors and a whole host of specialised workshops, presentations and clinics on offer, you will be itching to pull on your running shoes and tackle the marathon itself.
Tips from the experts
If you are planning on attending the Salon du Running Fair it is an excellent opportunity to pick up your number early. Thursday and Friday are prime days to lay your hand on your dossard with the queues being far shorter than what they grow to on the Saturday preceding the race.
Watch out for cobblestones! The City of Lights is famous for it’s romantic charm but for those who are used to training on flat, smooth surfaces, the portions of the race that take in the 18th century cobbled streets can often be an unexpected pitfall. In the run-up to the big day take short jogs on the cobbled streets surrounding the hotels near the Paris Marathon route to acclimatise yourself to the surface, and remember to take it easy on those stretches on the day itself.
Recover well in your serviced apartment
Recovering from a marathon is almost as important as the training that precedes it. Staying at hotels near the Paris Marathon means that you will be able to get back to the bespoke comfort of your suite at the Le Claridge Champs-Elysees soon after finishing to start the process. Eating shortly after eating the race is an ideal way to start replacing the calories you just expended, if you don’t feel like eating right away don’t worry, there is an extensive menu available from the in-suite menu that will be delivered right to your door. An ice bath is a great next option to help your body heal from the exertion. At Fraser Suites all room features a spacious bathtub that is the perfect place to cool down. After drying off take a well-deserved rest in the comfort of your private serviced apartment before taking a leisurely stroll through the streets of Paris to start loosening up your muscles.
Taking a more relaxed pace
If spectating rather than sprinting is more your speed then there is no better vantage point than one of our Champs-Elysees view apartments. A balcony overlooking the start of the race is the ideal location to wish race goers success and show your support in style. Witness the marathon passing right beneath your window. After the starter pistol goes off at the base the Arc de Triomphe, runners will stream down the Champs-Elysees to the Place de Concord and beyond.
If you want to go down to street level and get up close and personal with your support there are plenty of opportunities to cheer on the runners! Make use of the complimentary Handy Smartphone that you will find in every apartment to help navigate your way around the city. Each smartphone includes a city guide that will allow you to find the best viewing spots for the race along with a whole host of other features such as restaurant reservations, reviews of nearby attractions and translation services. If you have a loved one in the race it can often be hard to find each other once they cross the finish line. The smartphone includes unlimited local calls, unlimited international calls to 8 different countries and also 4G internet so communicating where to meet up will be a breeze!
Whether you are racing or relaxing make the Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysees your choice of hotel near the Paris Marathon.