The Ekiden is a road running race format originating from Japan where runners initially competed in relay teams over 508 kilometers, representing the distance between Kyoto and Tokyo. Today, an Ekiden usually covers the marathon distance of 42,195 kilometers, in teams of six relay runners where each runner has to complete either 5 or 10 kilometers before passing the relay to his teammate.
And this is the chosen format for the Ekiden de Paris which will celebrate its 8th edition on Sunday November 1st, 2020 in the heart of the French capital. More than 7,200 runners participated in last year’s edition in roughly 1,200 teams coming from all over France and neighboring countries and the organizers are expecting even more participants this year!
Due to the course format, the Ekiden of Paris is an extremely accessible running event that’s perfect for beginner and intermediate runners looking for their first challenge or just about anyone looking for some team-bonding while enjoying a cheerful atmosphere on a track through the French capital’s iconic landmarks. See you there!
The track will be a 5 kilometer loop around the center of Paris, starting right on the Iéna bridge and running alongside the banks of the Seine river past the Eiffel Tower, the Trocadéro and the Invalides. The first, third and fifth runners will complete the loop once while the second and fourth runner will have to do it twice for a total of 10 kilometers. The sixth and last relay runner will run the a special version of the 5 kilometer loop with an extra 2,195 kilometers towards the Maison de la Radio in order to reach the marathon distance of 42,195 kilometers.
The relay will be passed from one runner to the other on the Quai Branly, right before reaching the Eiffel Tower.
- SMS with the times
Saturday October 31st, 2020:
- 10AM – 7PM: Race kit retrieval at Quai Branly
Sunday November 1st, 2020:
- 7:30AM: Opening of the start area
- 9AM: Start of the Ekiden
- 11:10AM: First arrivals