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Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 15:21

Heroine in a half-shell, if you want, you can add me to the list.  My number is 31966 and it seems I chose the purple pen (violet, 3:45).


Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 14:08

"Salon du running" is the new name for the expo:


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Posted: 04/03/2015 at 13:38

Regarding the breakfast run, the confirmation e-mail says this:

"There is no bib on this run but a technical tee-shirt which you will need to take part to the run.

Pick up of the technical tee-shirt:
  --At le Salon du Running on the 9th and 10th of April
  --Right before the run on the start place (in this case, please come before 8:30 AM)"

The website says:

"There will be no race numbers, but a technical t-shirt technique in the race colors which will allow you to take the start! Come to pick it up at Salon du Running or on site the day of the run."

So this seems to indicate that you do not need to go to the Expo before the run, and can pick up the shirt before the race.

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 00:49

Scott The Running Walker - It's 3 C here right now, so you would probably consider it a cold rain, but compared to my previous winters, it's downright tropical.  

Tim R2-T2 - I certainly wouldn't want to brave a -20C winter day in only a t-shirt and hoodie.  Brrrr! (Unless I'm running.  It's amazing how much heat you can generate from exercise!)

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Posted: 06/02/2015 at 16:48

Sadly I must confess that I don't actually live in the U.K.    I hope I don't get kicked out of the thread!

Actually, the picture is from two years ago, when I was living in Montreal.  I wasn't training for any races or anything like that, but I ran almost every day during the winter -- down to around -30 C.  I guess I'm a little nutty.  On the other hand, I don't particularly remember having a cold bum, so I seem to have plenty of natural insulation.

Now I'm living in the northwest of Spain.  It doesn't get very cold, but it's raining almost every day, which doesn't really make it any easier to motivate myself to go outside and run.  Also, I go to Minnesota every Christmas, so I was still running in -20 C weather a few times this winter.  


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Posted: 06/02/2015 at 16:20

My sympathies to everyone running in the cold U.K. weather.  If it makes you feel better, I assure you it could be worse:


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Posted: 22/01/2015 at 18:20

Thanks all for the warm welcome, and especially to TinkerBEL for sending me the (very comprehensive) Paris Marathon Field Guide!  It answers a lot of my questions, although I'm sure I'll have plenty more, as a rather inexperienced runner.

As such, I don't have much wisdom to contribute.  I did actually live in Paris for a little while, so if anyone has generic questions about Paris, I may be able to help.

For example, the marathon guide says "We have no idea why it’s called a Convocation".  I don't know if I can give a good answer, but "convocation" is a common French word for a document such as this -- an invitation, notice, summons, etc.  (For example, when I applied for a job, they sent me a "convocation" that invited me to an interview at a particular date and time.)  So either they decided to simply use the French term in the English instructions, to avoid confusion about which document to bring, or they found the word "convocation" in an English dictionary and decided it was a sufficient translation for the same French term.

When I lived there, there were also a few more common scams besides the "found ring" scam described in the guide, although it shouldn't be too hard to avoid them with a little common sense.

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Posted: 22/01/2015 at 15:20

Hi all,

I hope it's not too late to join the fun.  I'm registered for Paris 2015 and am quite excited.

I have completed one marathon before, back in 2008, limping through most of it on an injured knee (not the best idea!).  I'm hoping for a slightly better experience this time around, so I have come to steal all your marathon secrets.

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