Another Way To See Paris—Do The “20km de Paris” Race!

20 km de Paris Race, France
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Finished another race in Paris!!! Had a great time running the “ 20 km de Paris ” and I am rewarding myself with a baguette with brie and bacon!! Who cares about calories and fat! I burned over 1300 calories!

I was daydreaming about eating this throughout the race, particularly when I passed a restaurant roasting chicken.

20km de Paris Race

The race started really late. This is because they were only letting runners depart in groups. There were THOUSANDS of runners. I have no clue how many but it was packed. It was a cloudy and cool day, but perfect for running.

20 km de Paris, France.
20 km de Paris, France. Photo: J. Chung

At the 5km, 10km and 15km mark there were water stations with sugar cubes, raisins and oranges. When you need some energy you’ll eat anything.

I highly suggest that if anyone wants to “see” Paris a different way, you should do a running race like the 20km de Paris race. You will pass most of the iconic sites such as the Eiffel Tower, the Tuileries gardens, Place de la Concorde, Rue de Rivoli, the Musee D’Orsay, the Louvre, the Champs Elysee, Bois de Boulogne, and you will run along the Seine.

20 km de Paris, France.
20 km de Paris, France. Photo: J. Chung

En route I did see something unusual: a runner on stilts. No surprise he was outrunning all of us.

20 km de Paris, France.
20 km de Paris, France. Photo: J. Chung
Finish Line at the 20 km de Paris, France.
Finish Line at the 20 km de Paris, France. Photo: J. Chung

At 13 km my IT band started hurting, but fortunately, I persevered, walked a little, stretched a little and kept thinking about bacon. The pain eventually went away so that by the last kilometer I made a strong dash for the finish. Now to rest!

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