— Published 20 April 2023

The marathon will be nocturnal

The question has been a recurring theme. It now has an answer. The organisers of the Paris 2024 Games revealed on Thursday 20 April that the two road races offered to the general public during the Olympic event will be run at night. On Saturday 10 August 2024, the marathon for all will start at 9pm sharp from Paris City Hall. The other event on the evening’s programme, a 10km race, will start at 11.30pm from the same starting line. The marathon for all will follow the same route as the Olympic event, with a finish at Les Invalides. Well ahead of these two races, the Paris 2024 OCOG and one of its leading partners, Orange, are joining forces to organise a night-time event on 17 June 2023, where 1,000 race numbers for the Marathon for All of the next Summer Games will be up for grabs. The Orange Night Run is expected to bring together 5,000 runners, i.e. 1,000 teams of five people (including at least two women), from 7.45pm, for a team event – an Ekiden – run on the Quais de Seine. It will follow two events organised over the past two years to win the first race numbers for the Paris 2024 Marathon for All: a handicap race against Eliud Kipchoge, the world marathon record holder, in October 2021, 1,000 days before the opening of the Olympic Games (photo above); and a team race around the Place de la Bastille on Paralympic Day in October 2022.