In 2024, France will host the Summer Olympics for the first time in 100 years.

The French capital is also host to numerous major running events, most notably, of course, the Paris Marathon, which is one of the largest marathon events in the world.

The three most popular sports in France are soccer, rugby and cycling. France's national soccer team celebrated its second World Cup title in 2018 after a 20-year hiatus. In the south and southwest of France, however, soccer is even trumped by rugby. The Tour de France, the world's most important cycling stage race, is also held here once a year. Other popular sports in France include skiing, Formula 1, judo, basketball, handball and of course athletics.

The biggest running events in France

The Paris Marathon is one of the biggest spring marathons in the world, along with Tokyo, Boston and London. The city of love has been hosting marathons since 1976. What once began with 126 finishers has long since developed into a huge grassroots event. Just eight years after its premiere in Paris in 1984, the number of finishers exceeded 10,000 for the first time, and in 2000, just in time for the turn of the millennium, the 20,000-participant mark was broken, before the number of finishers even exceeded 30,000 in 2006. In 2015, 40,172 runners finished the Paris Marathon, with as many as 54,000 registered for the 42.195-kilometer race, according to the organizers. The fast course passes many of the city's landmarks. The start is at the Champ-Elysees, the finish at the Arc de Triomphe (Arc de Triomphe).

A marathon of a very special kind

A marathon of a very different kind is the Marathon du Médoc. During this race, you will be served wine and delicious sandwiches along the route. You can enjoy a glass of wine at the refreshment stations. More than 6,000 runners participate in the marathon every year. Nevertheless, you should not take it easy here. Despite the many wine breaks, there is a time limit of 6:30 hours for the 42.2 kilometers. The Marathon du Médoc has even made it into the list of the 25 most beautiful marathons in the world.

Fantastic trails and sky runs in France

Thanks to the Alps and Pyrenees, France is also predestined for impressive trails and mountain runs. An example: At the Mont Blanc Marathon you can complete a marathon with several thousand meters of altitude at the foot of the largest mountain in the Alps. Of course, the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) is also known worldwide.

But even in the big city you can run on trails, as the Ecotrail de Paris, held annually in spring, proves.

Other classics

Ultra runners should not miss the "Le Grand Raid Reunion" race. After all, this is one of the biggest ultra runs in the world. A great panorama is not excluded here either. Other nice city marathons are Marathon de Toulouse, Run in Lyon, Normandy Running Festival in Caen, Run in Reims and Marseille Marathon. Among the most famous triathlon events are IRONMAN France Nice in Nice, IRONMAN 70.3 Nice and IRONMAN 70.3 Vichy. The largest half marathon in France, the Semi-Marathon de Paris, is also held in France's capital.

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All Running Races in France (sorted by date) can be found in the following overview:

Running competitions 2022 in France

Semi de Cannes

 
Icon Date | 08:45 Uhr
Icon Venue Cannes
Icon Competitions 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Trail du Ventoux

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Bédoin
Icon Competitions 46 km (2.400 Hm) / 21 km / 9 km

Ecotrail Paris

 
5
Icon Date | 12:15 Uhr
Icon Venue Trappes
Icon Competitions 80 km (1.500 Hm) / 45 km (900 Hm) / 30 km (500 Hm) / 18 km (400 Hm) / / 10 km

Semi-Marathon de Lille

 
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Lille
Icon Competitions 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Marathon de Montpellier

 
Icon Date | 08:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Montpellier
Icon Competitions 42,2 km (140 Hm) / 21,1 km

Trail des Tranchees

 
Icon Date | 07:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Verdun
Icon Competitions 55,2 km (1.410 Hm) / 32 km / 15 km

Marathon d'Ajaccio

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Ajaccio
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Marathon de Cheverny

 
1
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Cheverny
Icon Competitions 63 km / 42,2 km / 31 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Paris Marathon

 
6
Icon Date | 08:20 Uhr
Icon Venue Paris
Icon Competitions 42,2 km

Marathon D'Albi

 
Icon Date | 08:45 Uhr
Icon Venue Albi
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Marathon de Nantes (Nantes-Marathon)

 
Icon Date | 09:15 Uhr
Icon Venue Nantes
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Marathon du Lac D'Annecy

 
Icon Date | 08:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Annecy
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 10 km

Skyrace des Matheysins

 
Icon Date | 08:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Saint-Honoré
Icon Competitions 27 km (1.980 Hm) / 14 km (590 Hm)

Marathon des vins de Blaye

 
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Blaye
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 10 km

La Route du Louvre

 
Icon Date | 09:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Lille
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Trail des Marcaires

 
1
Icon Date | 07:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Muhlbach-sur-Munster
Icon Competitions 84 km / 4.000 Hm) / 54 km (2.600 Hm) / 32 km (1.650 Hm) / 12 km (600 Hm)

Marathon Royan-Côte de Beauté

 
Icon Date | 08:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Royan
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Ultra Beaujolais Villages Trail

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Le Perreon
Icon Competitions 102 km / 42 km / 29 km / 17 km / 5,6 km

IRONMAN Pays d'Aix-en-Provence

 
Icon Date | 07:40 Uhr
Icon Venue Peyrolles-en-Provence
Icon Competitions Langdistanz (Long Distance)

Paris Saint-Germain-en-Laye

 
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Paris
Icon Competitions 20 km / 10 km

IRONMAN 70.3 Aix-en-Provence

 
Icon Date | 07:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Aix en Provence
Icon Competitions Mitteldistanz / Iron Girl

Volvic Volcanic Experience

 
Icon Date | 04:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Volvic
Icon Competitions 220 km / 110 km / 43 km / 25 km / 15 km

GreenWez MaxiRace

 
Icon Date | 00:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Annecy
Icon Competitions 119 km (7.200 Hm) / 89 km (5.200 Hm) / 42 km (3.200 Hm) / 39 km (3.200 Hm) / 16 km (950 Hm)

Vallespir SkyRace

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Amélie les Bains
Icon Competitions 22 km (1.800 Hm) / 10 km (650 Hm) / 0,4 km (200 Hm)

Marathon Poitiers-Futuroscope

 
Icon Date | 08:45 Uhr
Icon Venue Poitiers
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Trail de Guerledan

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Guerlédan
Icon Competitions 63 km / 36 km / 26 km / 13 km

Transjura-Trail

 
1
Icon Date | 05:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Mouthe
Icon Competitions 72 km (3.200 Hm) / 36 km (2.000 Hm) / 23 km (1.110 Hm) / 10 km (350 Hm) / 5 km (142 Hm)

D-Day Landings Marathon - Marathon de la Liberté

 
1
Icon Date | 09:10 Uhr
Icon Venue Bernieres sur mer
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km Frauenlauf

Trail du Saint-Jacques by UTMB®

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Haute-Loire
Icon Competitions 123 km (5.150 Hm) / 72 km (3.000 Hm) / 43 km (1.450 Hm) / 17 km (400 Hm)

RunLagnes - SkyLagnes

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Lagnes
Icon Competitions 24 km (1.300 Hm) / 15 km (700 Hm) / 9 km (300 Hm) / 1 km

Saint Lary Patou Trail

 
Icon Date | 06:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Saint-Lary-Soulan
Icon Competitions 42 km / 22 km (2.000 Hm) / 20 km / 11 km

Mont Blanc Marathon (Marathon du Mont-Blanc)

 
3
Icon Date | 04:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Chamonix
Icon Competitions 91 km (6.220 Hm) / 42 km (2.780 Hm) / 23 km (1.665 Hm) / 17 km (1.315 Hm) / 10 km (325 Hm) / 3,8 km (1.000 Hm) / 3 km - 0,8 km Kindercross

24 Heures de Roche la Moliere

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Roche-la-Molière
Icon Competitions 24 Stunden / 12 Stunden / 6 Stunden

Triathlon Annecy

 
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Annecy
Icon Competitions Olympic

IRONMAN France Nice

 
1
Icon Date | 06:25 Uhr
Icon Venue Nizza
Icon Competitions Langdistanz / Ironkids

IRONMAN 70.3 Nice / Nizza

 
1
Icon Date | 07:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Nizza
Icon Competitions Mitteldistanz (Middle Distance)

Marathon du Vignoble d'Alsace

 
2
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Dorlisheim
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Spartan Race Morzine Trifecta & 50K Ultra

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Morzine
Icon Competitions 50 km / 21 km / 10 km / 5 km / 12 Stunden

Garmin Mountain Festival / Garmin Epic Trail Vall de Boi

 
2
Icon Date | 06:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Vall de Boí
Icon Competitions 68 km (5.000 Hm) / 42 km (2.900 Hm) / 26 km (1.800 Hm) / 12 km (480 Hm)

Restonica Trail - GR20

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Corte
Icon Competitions 110 km (7.200 Hm) / 69 km (4.000 Hm) / 33 km (2.500 Hm) / 17 km (650 Hm)

Le Trail de la Rosière

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue La Rosière
Icon Competitions 40 km / 22 km / 15 km

Marathon du Grand Ballon Trail

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Le Markstein
Icon Competitions 80 km / 42 km / 26 km / 16 km

Les Gabizos Trail

 
1
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Arrens-Marsous
Icon Competitions 31 km (2.400 Hm) / 11,5 km (760 Hm) / 5 km (260 Hm)

Alpe d'Huez Triathlon

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Oz
Icon Competitions Triathlon M + Triathlon L

Vars Mountain Trail

 
1
Icon Date | 07:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Vars
Icon Competitions 42 km (3.030 Hm) / 25 km (1.487 Hm) / 13 km (465 Hm) / 4 km (182 Hm) / 3,6 km (914 Hm)

Ubaye Trail Race

 
1
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Barcelonnette
Icon Competitions 42 km (2.500 Hm) / 23 km / 12 km

Steine an der Grenze

 
Icon Date | 19:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Launstroff
Icon Competitions 12,5 km / 6,6 km

Embrunman

 
Icon Date | 06:00 Uhr
Icon Venue La Breille-les-Pins
Icon Competitions Langdistanz (Long Distance)

Marathon du Montcalm

 
1
Icon Date | 22:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Auzat
Icon Competitions 100 km (11.000 Hm) / 42 km (2.580 Hm) / 25 km (12.50 Hm) / 13 km (650 Hm)

L‘Echappée Belle

 
1
Icon Date | 05:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Vizille
Icon Competitions 149 km (11.100 Hm) / 85 km (6.050 Hm) / 57 km (4.100 Hm)

Mont-Blanc Triathlon

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Passy
Icon Competitions Half, Olympic, Sprint, Discovery, Kids

IRONMAN 70.3 Vichy

 
1
Icon Date | 06:40 Uhr
Icon Venue Bellerive-sur-Allier
Icon Competitions Mitteldistanz / Ironkids / Iron Girl

IRONMAN Vichy

 
1
Icon Date | 06:50 Uhr
Icon Venue Bellerive-sur-Allier
Icon Competitions Langdistanz / Ironkids

Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB)

 
3
Icon Date | 18:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Chamonix
Icon Competitions 171 km (10.300 Hm) / 145 km (9.100 Hm) / 101 km (6.100 Hm) /119 km (7.200 Hm) / 56 km (3.500 Hm) / 290 km (26.500 Hm) / 15 km (1.000 Hm)

Marathon du Médoc

 
4
Icon Date | 09:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Pauillac
Icon Competitions 42,2 km

La Parisienne

 
2
Icon Date | 10:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Paris
Icon Competitions 6 km

La Skyrhune

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Ascain
Icon Competitions 21 km (1.700 Hm)

100 km de Millau

 
2
Icon Date | 10:00 Uhr
Icon Venue de Millau
Icon Competitions 100 km

Urban Trail de Lille

 
Icon Date | 20:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Lille
Icon Competitions 10 km / 5 km

Verticale du Grand Serre

 
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Cholonge
Icon Competitions 1,8 KM (1.000 Hm)

Run in Lyon

 
1
Icon Date | 08:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Lyon
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

EDF Trail des Vallées D'Aigueblanche

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Aigueblanche
Icon Competitions 30 km / 1.300 Hm) / 13 km ( 270 Hm) / 11 km (2.000 Hm) / 5 km (1.000 Hm)

Marathon Metz Mirabelle

 
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Metz
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 10 km

20 km de Paris

 
Icon Date | 10:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Paris
Icon Competitions 20 km

Run in Reims

 
1
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Reims
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Marathon de Toulouse

 
2
Icon Date | 09:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Toulouse
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Le Grand Raid Reunion

 
2
Icon Date | 19:00 Uhr
Icon Venue La Reunion
Icon Competitions 164,6 km (9.576 Hm) / 111 km (6.433 Hm) / 65 km (3.505 Hm)

Le Festival des Templiers

 
1
Icon Date | 04:15 Uhr
Icon Venue Millau
Icon Competitions 100,5 km (4.456 Hm) / 76,9 km (3.210 Hm) /61 km (2.267 Hm) / 48 km (2.159 Hm) / 36,5 km (1.740 Hm) / 36 km (1.194 Hm) / 31,3 km (909 Hm) / 25 km (1.178 Hm) / 18,5 km (832 Hm) / 17 km (700 Hm) / 11,4 km (490 Hm) / 7 km (280 Hm) / 4,2 km

Marseille-Cassis

 
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Marseille
Icon Competitions 20 km

Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes (Nizza Marathon)

 
1
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Nizza
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 34 km / 18 km / 12,5 km / 9 km / 7 km

Ekiden de Paris

 
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Paris
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km

Marathon de Deauville

 
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Deauville
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Marathon du Beaujolais

 
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Fleurie
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 13 km

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