You’ve set your sights on the Paris Marathon – bravo! 

Get ready for an unforgettable journey through one of the most enchanting cities in the world. 

As a seasoned running coach, let me take you through everything you need to know about the Paris Marathon route, from its profile and map to a mile-by-mile run-through.

Understanding the Profile Of The Paris Marathon

First things first, let’s talk about the profile of this marathon. 

Picture running through the streets of Paris, with its iconic landmarks dotting the skyline. The route isn’t just about soaking in the sights; it’s about tackling some challenging terrain too. 

From the flat stretches along the River Seine to the subtle inclines near Bois de Vincennes, you’ll need to be prepared for it all.

Exploring the Map

Now, let’s take a closer look at the map. 

You’ll start at the grand Champs-Élysées, surrounded by the buzz of fellow runners and the cheers of spectators. As you make your way through each mile, you’ll pass by landmarks like Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower – talk about motivation to keep going!

But it’s not all about the tourist hotspots. Along the way, you’ll also discover the lesser-known gems of Paris – the quaint neighbourhoods, the bustling markets, and the hidden gardens. These are the places where the spirit of the city truly shines, and they’ll give you that extra boost when your legs start to tire.

Mile-by-Mile Run-through Of The Paris Marathon

Mile 1 to 5 is your chance to soak in the glitz and glamour of Paris. But don’t get too caught up in the excitement – remember to pace yourself. Trust me, you’ll need that energy later on.

As you hit Mile 6 to 10, you’ll cross the River Seine and enter the heart of the city. This is where the real fun begins! Take in the sights, but stay focused – there’s still a long way to go.

By Mile 11 to 15, you’ll be venturing into the eastern districts, where the crowds might thin out a bit. But don’t let that discourage you. This is your chance to dig deep and find your rhythm.

Mile 16 to 20 is where things start to get challenging. The terrain gets a bit tougher, and those hills can really test your resolve. But remember, every step forward is a step closer to the finish line.

And finally, Mile 21 to 26.2 – the home stretch. You’ll make your triumphant return to the city center, with the finish line in sight. This is where all those months of training pay off. Soak it in, embrace the cheers of the crowd, and give it everything you’ve got.

Paris Marathon Google Map Link

Paris Marathon Elevation Chart

Training Strategies

Now, let’s talk about training. Running a marathon isn’t just about physical endurance; it’s about mental strength too. So, make sure to mix up your training routine – long runs to build endurance, speed work to improve your pace, and hill repeats to conquer those inclines.

I’ll never forget the time I tackled my first marathon. You almost don’t know where to start and it seems like a daunting task. I found it was important to set smaller goals along the way and not get too caught up in the end goal. Things like just getting to every training session each week. Making sure I was planning routes for my long runs ahead of time, so it takes the thinking out of it on the day. This made the process enjoyable, every ‘step’ of the way.

Grab your Paris Marathon-specific training plan here!

On race day, your mindset matters just as much as your physical preparation. As you line up at the starting line amidst a sea of eager runners, it’s natural to feel a rush of adrenaline. But resist the urge to bolt out of the gate like a sprinter on steroids.

Trust me – I’ve seen it happen too many times. Starting too fast might give you a temporary high, but it’s a recipe for disaster in the long run. Instead, focus on starting steady and conserving your energy for the miles ahead.

Finding your rhythm early on is crucial. 

Whether it’s settling into a comfortable pace or syncing your footsteps with the beat of your favorite running playlist, find what works for you and stick to it. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint – literally! Pace yourself accordingly, keeping in mind that those final miles will test your endurance like never before.

Now, let’s talk about hydration and nutrition – two pillars of race day success. 

As tempting as it may be to chug a gallon of water right before the starting gun goes off, resist the urge. 

Overhydration can lead to uncomfortable pit stops along the way, not to mention the risk of hyponatremia. Instead, aim to hydrate consistently in the days leading up to the race and sip on fluids strategically throughout the event.

When it comes to nutrition, it’s all about balance. 

You want to fuel your body with the energy it needs to sustain you through 26.2 miles, but you also don’t want to overload your stomach with heavy foods. Stick to familiar, easily digestible snacks like energy gels, bananas, or granola bars. And don’t forget to refuel with carbohydrates and electrolytes during the race to stave off the dreaded bonk.

As you cross the finish line, remember to celebrate every step of the journey. Whether you achieve a personal best or simply cross the finish line with a smile on your face, know that you’ve accomplished something truly remarkable. 


Devlin Eyden has a passion for seeing his athletes grow and excel. From novice runners or cyclists across all disciplines to elite mountain bikers representing South Africa at World Championships. In addition to helping you ride faster, for longer, Devlin also has the personal touch when it comes to your bike setup, aiming at improving the overall rider experience. With his background as a Sport Scientist as well as a Strength & Conditioning specialist, performance is Devlin’s main priority, be it in the gym, the lab or out on the road or trails. Being a keen runner & cyclist and having completed the Cape Epic among others, Devlin has first hand experience in what it take to reach your goals. If you’re looking for a once-off training program or ongoing, high touch support Devlin has you covered.

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