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Trail des sommets de Caussols
City - Caussols
Trail 29.5km Marche de 18.5km Trail de 15km Course nature pour tous 6km

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La Ronde de la Picholine race ( for runners and walkers) 8th edition
City - Bagnols-en-Foret
Women-men-children race, as well as newcomers and veterans. The competition is open for tourists (without classification and not against the clock) , organized by Spor...

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Charity Telethon
City - Monte-Carlo
During the next two days in the heart of Monaco an important event will be held – the Telethon which aims to collect as much financial support to charity as poss...

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Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes
City - Nice
Sports competition, also known as the French Riviera Marathon, is popular as one of the largest and the second largest in France after the Paris Marathon. The race,...

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Motor Racing Le Bol d'Or in Le Castellet
City - Le Castellet
24-hour endurance race of motorcyclists has been held annually in the south of France since 1922. At different times it took place in various places before settling in...

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Marathon - Notre Provence Group

Among the sports that are popular in modern France are the marathon races, or simply a marathon. There is a legend about the origin of these competitions. They were allegedly established in 490 BC in Greece in memory of a Greek warrior named Filippid. (This young man after the battle of Marathon nonstop rushed to Athens to please the residents of the news of the victory. And he ran to the place bringing good news, but barely having time to say the words, fell down and died).

As you know, the marathon as a discipline of athletics for a long time (since 1896) is considered to be an Olympic discipline, thereat the women participating in races were "legalized" only in 1984. Michel Breal, the French philologist, proposed in 1896 to introduce this discipline in the program of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens. Pierre de Coubertin, the their founder, supported this idea (as well as co-organizers, the Greeks).

Now, according to the rules established by the AIMS organization (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races), the distance of the marathon is twenty six miles and 385 yards (that is forty two kilometres and 195 meters).

The most common marathon competition are held on the highway, a also quite popular distance in the country is half marathon. (As it is clear from the title, in this case, the athletes run half the marathon distance).

5 most important marathons are held annually in the world: in London, Berlin, Chicago and New York, and of course, in Paris. (This race usually involves over 50,000 runners from hundreds of countries).

The route of the Paris Marathon (Marathon International de Paris) passes through the Avenue Foch, picturesque Champs-Elysees, Bois de Bologne and Bois de Vincennes, the Bastille and the Place de la Concorde. (Also on the way of runners is Notre Dame de Paris, Château de Vincennes, the Musée d'Orsay, the Eiffel Tower). Every 5 km of the marathon distance in Paris the feeding centers are arranged where the athletes can eat fruits and raisins, drink mineral water.

Along the entire route of the race there are always crowds of spectators, fans, vigorously supporting the athletes! Also, along their way the music of numerous orchestras is heard which creates all the Parisians and visitors a festive atmosphere.

Another interesting race is a marathon of Mont Saint-Michel, which starts in Brittany and finishes in Normandy. (The main part of the route is laid along the coast of the Bay of Saint-Michel).

The uniqueness of the race is that it is held at low tide - the athletes run on the track which is most of the time is hidden underwater!
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