Top 10 French Races

Le Marathon de la Liberté

Month June
Location Courseulles sur Mer to Caen (Normandy)
Distance Marathon (42.2K)
Why do it A readily accessible race with an added historic poignancy. This point-to-point marathon runs through the 17 villages and towns that line the beaches targeted by the allied forces during the Normandy landings in June 1944. A shorter 15K race over the final part of the marathon course is also available, named after the first bridge liberated by the English, the Pegasus Bridge. The finish is situated at the Peace Memorial in Caen. This is a race with a family-friendly feel, which has a variety of amusements for the younger generation at the finish.
Field 1500 (marathon)
Fee €25 until March 1, then €30 until May 10, then €40
Contact: Comité d'Organisation des Courses de la Liberté, Esplanade Dwight Eisenhower, BP 6261, 14066 CAEN Cédex 4; tel 00 33 231 95 17 23; fax 00 33 231 06 06 70; e-mail; website
Other information Race starts at 9am. Feeding stations every 5km Changing rooms, massages and showers available.
Getting there By road – it’s two hours from Paris on the A13, but a ferry to Caen (Ouistreham) is probably the easiest option. By rail – Caen is a mainline station. By air – Paris is the nearest airport.
Where to stay Contact the Office Du Tourisme; tel 00 33 231 27 14 14.

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