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April 07, 2016

Blog Paris Marathon 2016

Photos by Jillian Andrei- Leu

‘Hail, we are the winners !’

Paris Marathon 2016 eve was rainy and windy. ‘What a pity for the long-distance runners!’ I thought.  When your mindset is to run and run and run and reach the final line, having rain water pouring into your running shoes is not such a  pleasure, is it?

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However, the Universe had prepared a different Marathon Sunday in Paris, not only -to allow all the 43 317 athletes  ( 160 nationalities) to feel  the soreness of their back and  feet- but also to  encourage them throughout  the legendary 42, 195 km ,with  sunny- bright sky!

From west –side — Champs- Elysees avenue Start  to the east side of Paris,   Bois de Vincennes, back to the west , along river Seine -to the Bois de Boulogne, and again to the east  – FINISH on Foch Avenue (just by Triumph Arch),  the 40th anniversary of the Parisian athletic event, with  the sportive women and men of all ages/ skin color/ religions and cultures boosted by  their  husbands/ wives/ kids/ parents/ friends/ colleagues/ companions/neighbors and fans, can be described as being a great victory for the city of Paris

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The  official  male winner is Cyprian Kokut ( 2h.07.11 – Kenya) and the  female  compatriot Jepkesho (2h.25. 53).

Yet, the  Winner was Every runner who had in mind one big thing: to succeed in crossing the Finish line. All these marvelous athletic runners, wearing a Green T-shirt and a symbolic medal, rewarding physical and mental effort, determination, long- steady training hours, endurance, passion-deserve our full admiration!

 

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Walking among the athletes and their fans in the Triumph Arch area,  I could catch on my camera the immense satisfaction on their fatigued faces, the warm welcome of all those who accompanied their favorites  or the solitude of a runner even after the race… but happy and delighted.

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As the Greek long-distance runner Pheidippidis said in 490 BC, announcing the victory of the Greek army upon the Persians, after 42 km running from Marathon field to Athens:

‘ Joy to you, we’ve won!’-  in Paris 2016!

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Paris Marathon 2016- joy& peace among people!

‘Hail, we are the winners !’

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