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Paris Marathon 2017

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 23:39

Good luck to everyone running in London!

And don't rub my face in it about the weather.  There's supposed to be a high of 33 C for the Sao Paulo marathon (although I hope I can finish before it gets quite that high...)

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 06/04/2016 at 13:49

Hi all,

Congratulations and/or condolences to everyone for their performance on Sunday.

I ran the Paris marathon last year.  However, I had plans with my sister, so I missed out on all the BCRC fun (pasta, picture, pub, etc).  After lurking in the forum a bit again this year, I couldn't resist and I registered for next year.  It's a little early to know for sure whether my schedule will allow for it, but having my number already is a pretty good motivation.

My number is 17108 and I'm in the blue pen.  It's probably way too optimistic, but it's something to shoot for!

All the talk about the heat is making me nervous, since I'll be running the São Paulo marathon in 2.5 weeks, and it will be much warmer here than Paris.  Luckily I've been training in the heat, but I'm still nervous!


Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 11:32

Orbutt, well done on the video!  I can't imagine how much time that must have taken.  (In fact, I don't quite know how you even figured out which runner I was in the finish video!)


Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 05:23

Good luck to everyone today!

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 17:49
Rongeur Courant wrote (see)
MattL - that is a magnificently comprehensive travel nerd reply. I salute you !


My nerd credentials are of the highest order.

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 17:47
MattL wrote (see)

Most likely the best option is to buy books of 10 T+ tickets, which work anywhere in Paris for any combination of Metro/RER/Bus. 


Just to clarify the above statement:   t+ tickets work for the Metro, RER, bus, and tram, but connections are only allowed between Metro/RER, or between bus/tram.   E.g., you can't transfer from the metro to a bus on the same ticket.  Also, they only work in zone 1 for the metro and RER, but anywhere in the Ile de France bus system.

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 17:31
Heidi Barr wrote (see)

Does anyone know what metro zone the salon du running is in? Is it outside zone 3?


It's in zone 1.  (Don't get confused by the "Parc des Expositions" that is outside of Paris to the north.  The Salon du Running is just inside the southern border of Paris).

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 17:00

Looks like I was too slow gathering information for the last post.   Oh well.   Let me know if you have any questions anyway.  

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 16:58

15West, are you flying into CDG?  You almost certainly will want to just buy a single ticket from there into Paris on the RER (or a packet of 10 of them if there's at least 5 of you going both directions).   Any kind of pass that includes zone 5 will likely be more expensive unless you plan to travel that far outside of Paris every day (zone 1 is Paris proper, with higher zones farther outside of the city.  Both Charles de Gaulle airport and Disney are in Zone 5).    Then you can figure out the best option for traveling within Paris.  Most likely the best option is to buy books of 10 T+ tickets, which work anywhere in Paris for any combination of Metro/RER/Bus.

Details: a single trip between Paris and CDG costs 10 Euros, and a single trip betwen Paris and Disney costs 7.60 Euros.  So a return trip to both is 35.20 Euros per person.  Tickets for the Metro/RER/Bus within Paris are 1.80 each, or 14.10 for a book of 10.   Compare that to an unlimited "Paris visite" pass, which is 50.05 for 3 days or 61.25 for 5 days for zones 1-5.    Unless you're making a large number of trips, the Paris visite will probably be more expensive.

A much cheaper unlimited pass is the regular weekly pass, "Navigo semaine".  However, the start day is not flexible -- it only goes Monday to Sunday -- so you will probably not get a full week out of it and that affects whether it's a good option.  It's 35.40 Euros per week for zones 1-5, and I believe if you don't live in France you need to buy the "Navigo decouverte" card for 5 euros first.  For just traveling in Paris (zones 1-2), it's 21.25 for the week.


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).


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