Marathon in the Alpes Maritimes/Cote d'Azur

We don’t often write about a mere marathon… not to say we don’t admire each and every one of you marathon-runners – we do! but ultra-marathons are more our thing. However – since this one is happening in our backyard we thought it deserved a mention:

The Nice-Cannes marathon gets underway on Sunday, 8th November. It’s a total of 42.195 km on an entirely coastal route… The start is in Nice on the  Promenade des Anglais and the finish line is in Cannes at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.

This is a flat and competitive course which will take you passed St. Laurent du Var,  Cagnes sur Mer, Villeneuve-Loubet, Antibes Juan-les-Pins, Vallauris Golfe Juan  – and you can expect around about 6,000 spectators to be  cheering you on.

2008 was the first time this race was run and there were about 10,000 competitors – quite a crowd. Even though it’s November, if the sun is out it can get very hot – nothing like Furnace Creek, but more than most Northern Europeaners will be expecting.

  • Start:   Promenade des Anglais, Nice
  • Finish:   La Croisette, Cannes
  • Starting time:   08.00 a.m.
  • Time limit:   6 hours
  • Average temperature:   10-16°C

There will be 15 refreshments areas (excluding the one in the finish area) in the race which means there will be one every 2.5 km starting at the 5 km mark. There will also be 5 shower/sponge areas (one every 7.5 km).

Everybody who completes the marathon is rewarded with a medal, a T-Shirt and has access to a massage…

The closing date for entries was 30th September, however, if you really want to do this you can try contacting the organisers directly on: http://www.marathon06.com/2008/AN/organisation

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