The French aren't very efficient also if they did let everyone go at the same time then there would be bottle necks on the narrower areas of the course. They start one side of the pen then the other, once the pen has gone then the next pen moves up, one side going off before the other, so on and so forth. Green pen could be 45 minutes. There are 54000 runners registered, more than ever, the last pen closes at 9h15 and the last runner sets off at 10h00. I doubt that they will be strict on closing the last pen and if they get everyone away earlier then the better.
Meadower – The Caledonian Massive did talk about breaking away and forming their own thread but fortunately that never happened. If there were more events and you went to everything, you still wouldn’t meet everyone probably, the weekend flies by too quickly.
Heidi – You officially have taper madness. Stick to your plan and decide after 20 miles, dont risk it for a couple of extra minutes with the chance of blowing up and walking home.
They give out wrist bands at the Expo. 5k checks at constant pace for the various big times. I made a paper one, sellotaped to my wrist and after sweating the first 5k everything was smudged.
Wrist band ordered through Asics on the Paris Mara site. Cool. Pick it up at the Expo
And... are we allowed to ask what pace you've chosen?....
I'm guessing.... OT is too sensible and she has the Dam later this year, I reckon that she'll be going for 2 PBs. I'm carrying my phone so I can stalk OT, Eggy and Pottermoss. Not to put the pressure on ! I hope the updates work.