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.

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

Running competitions 2024 in France

Marathon de Bessans

 
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Bessans
Distance of the race 42 km / 21 km / 30 km / 21 km / 15 km / 10 km

Junioren Ski-WM

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Châtel
Distance of the race Abfahrt / Super-G / RTL / Slalom / Kombination / Team

La Transju

 
Date of the race | 09:30 Uhr
Location of the race Les Rousses
Distance of the race 70 km / 50 km / 25 km / 20 km

Semi de Cannes

 
Date of the race | 08:45 Uhr
Location of the race Cannes
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Trail du Ventoux

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Bédoin
Distance of the race 46 km (2.400 Hm) / 21 km / 9 km

Ecotrail Paris

 
5
Date of the race | 12:15 Uhr
Location of the race Trappes
Distance of the race 80 km (1.500 Hm) / 45 km (900 Hm) / 30 km (500 Hm) / 18 km (400 Hm) / / 10 km

Trail du Petit Ballon

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Rouffach
Distance of the race 53 km / 42 km / 24 km / 13 km

Semi-Marathon de Lille

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Lille
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Trail des Tranchees

 
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Verdun
Distance of the race 55 km (1.380 Hm) / 32 km (710 Hm) / 18 km (390 Hm) / 14 km (270 Hm)

RunLagnes - SkyLagnes

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Lagnes
Distance of the race 24 km (1.300 Hm) / 15 km (700 Hm) / 9 km (300 Hm) / 1 km

Montpellier Run Festival / Marathon de Montpellier

 
Date of the race | 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Montpellier
Distance of the race 42,2 km (140 Hm) / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Marathon d'Ajaccio

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Ajaccio
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Marathon de Cheverny

 
1
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Cheverny
Distance of the race 63 km / 42,2 km / 31 km / 21,1 km / 10 km
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Paris Marathon

 
6
Date of the race | 13.04.2025 08:20 Uhr
Location of the race Paris
Distance of the race 42,2 km

Marathon Poitiers-Futuroscope

 
Date of the race | 08:45 Uhr
Location of the race Poitiers
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Marathon du Lac D'Annecy

 
Date of the race | 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Annecy
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 10 km

Marathon de Nantes (Nantes-Marathon)

 
Date of the race | 09:15 Uhr
Location of the race Nantes
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Hyrox Bordeaux

 
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Bordeaux
Distance of the race 8 km

Marathon D'Albi

 
Date of the race | 08:45 Uhr
Location of the race Albi
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Skyrace des Matheysins

 
Date of the race | 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Saint-Honoré
Distance of the race 27 km (1.980 Hm) / 14 km (590 Hm)

Volvic Volcanic Experience

 
Date of the race | 04:00 Uhr
Location of the race Volvic
Distance of the race 220 km / 110 km / 43 km / 25 km / 15 km

Marathon des vins de Blaye

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Blaye
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 10 km

Trail Alsace Grand Est by UTMB - Ultra-Trail des Chevaliers

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Colmar
Distance of the race 165 km (6.150 Hm) / 103 km (3.800 Hm) / 49 km (1.950 Hm) / 34 km (1.300 Hm)

Lozère Trail & SkyRace des Gorges du Tarn

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Saint Enimie
Distance of the race 110 km (56 km + 53 km / 50 km / 27 km / 24 km / 13 km

Trail de Guerledan

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Guerlédan
Distance of the race 63 km / 36 km / 26 km / 13 km

Vallespir SkyRace

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Amélie les Bains
Distance of the race 22 km (1.800 Hm) / 10 km (650 Hm) / 0,4 km (200 Hm)

Paris Saint-Germain-en-Laye

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Paris
Distance of the race 20 km / 10 km

La Route du Louvre

 
Date of the race | 09:30 Uhr
Location of the race Lille
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 15 km / 9 km

IRONMAN 70.3 Aix-en-Provence

 
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Aix en Provence
Distance of the race Mitteldistanz / Iron Girl

Marathon Royan-Côte de Beauté

 
Date of the race | 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Royan
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Mont-Blanc Triathlon

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Passy
Distance of the race Half, Olympic, Sprint, Discovery, Kids

MaXi-Race Annecy

 
Date of the race | 00:00 Uhr
Location of the race Annecy
Distance of the race 93 km / 88 km / 48 km / 45 km / 38 km / 18 km / 4,7 km

Transjura-Trail

 
1
Date of the race | 09:15 Uhr
Location of the race Morez
Distance of the race 82 km / 42 km / 25 km / 15 km / 10 km / 5 km

D-Day Landings Marathon - Marathon de la Liberté

 
1
Date of the race | 09:10 Uhr
Location of the race
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km Frauenlauf

Château de Chantilly Multisport Festival

 
Date of the race | 09:0 Uhr
Location of the race Château de Chantilly
Distance of the race Triathlon / Duathlon / Aquathlon / Aquabike

24 Heures de Roche la Moliere

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Roche-la-Molière
Distance of the race 24 Stunden / 12 Stunden / 6 Stunden

Ultra Beaujolais Villages Trail

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Le Perreon
Distance of the race 102 km / 42 km / 29 km / 17 km / 5,6 km

Trail des Marcaires

 
1
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Muhlbach-sur-Munster
Distance of the race 84 km / 4.000 Hm) / 54 km (2.600 Hm) / 32 km (1.650 Hm) / 12 km (600 Hm)

Trail du Saint-Jacques by UTMB®

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Haute-Loire
Distance of the race 123 km (5.150 Hm) / 72 km (3.000 Hm) / 43 km (1.450 Hm) / 17 km (400 Hm)

Saint Lary Patou Trail

 
Date of the race | 06:00 Uhr
Location of the race Saint-Lary-Soulan
Distance of the race 42 km / 22 km (2.000 Hm) / 20 km / 11 km

IRONMAN France Nice

 
1
Date of the race | 06:25 Uhr
Location of the race Nizza
Distance of the race Langdistanz / Ironkids

IRONMAN 70.3 Nice / Nizza

 
1
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Nizza
Distance of the race Mitteldistanz (Middle Distance)

UTCAM - Ultra Trail Côte d’Azur Mercantour

 
Date of the race | 19:00 Uhr
Location of the race Monaco
Distance of the race 125 km / 75 km / 50 km / 30 km / 10 km / 5 km

Triathlon Annecy

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Annecy
Distance of the race Olympic

Marathon du Vignoble d'Alsace

 
2
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Dorlisheim
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Mont Blanc Marathon (Marathon du Mont-Blanc)

 
3
Date of the race | 04:00 Uhr
Location of the race Chamonix
Distance of the race 90 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

Garmin Mountain Festival / Garmin Epic Trail Vall de Boi

 
2
Date of the race | 06:00 Uhr
Location of the race Vall de Boí
Distance of the race 68 km (5.000 Hm) / 42 km (2.900 Hm) / 26 km (1.800 Hm) / 12 km (480 Hm)

Challenge Cagnes-sur-Mer - France

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Cagnes-sur-Mer
Distance of the race Mitteldistanz / Olympische Distanz

Restonica Trail - GR20

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Corte
Distance of the race 110 km (7.200 Hm) / 69 km (4.000 Hm) / 33 km (2.500 Hm) / 17 km (650 Hm)

Spartan Race Morzine Trifecta & 50K Ultra

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Morzine
Distance of the race 50 km / 21 km / 10 km / 5 km / 12 Stunden

Le Trail de la Rosière

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race La Rosière
Distance of the race 40 km / 22 km / 15 km

Alpe d'Huez Triathlon

 
Date of the race | 09:30 Uhr
Location of the race Alpe d'Huez
Distance of the race Triathlon M / Triathlon L / Duathlon / Kids

Marathon du Grand Ballon Trail

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Le Markstein
Distance of the race 80 km / 42 km / 26 km / 16 km

Les Gabizos Trail

 
1
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Arrens-Marsous
Distance of the race 30 km (2.700 Hm) / 20 km (1750 Hm) / 10 km (760 Hm) / 5 km (260 Hm)

Vars Mountain Trail

 
1
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Vars
Distance of the race 42 km (3.030 Hm) / 25 km (1.487 Hm) / 13 km (465 Hm) / 4 km (182 Hm) / 3,6 km (914 Hm)

Course de l’Oriente

 
Date of the race | 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Ghisoni
Distance of the race 24 km (2.000 Hm)

Ubaye Trail Race

 
1
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Barcelonnette
Distance of the race 42 km (2.500 Hm) / 23 km / 12 km

Steine an der Grenze

 
Date of the race | 19:00 Uhr
Location of the race Launstroff
Distance of the race 12,5 km / 6,6 km

Embrunman

 
Date of the race | 06:00 Uhr
Location of the race Embrun
Distance of the race Langdistanz (Long Distance)

Marathon du Montcalm / Challenge du Montclam

 
1
Date of the race | 22:00 Uhr
Location of the race Auzat
Distance of the race 109 km (11.500 Hm) / 70 km (7.000 Hm) / 42 km (2.700 Hm) / 25 km (1.250 Hm) / 15 km (850 Hm) / 8 km

L‘Echappée Belle

 
1
Date of the race | 05:00 Uhr
Location of the race Vizille
Distance of the race 149 km (11.100 Hm) / 88 km (6.500 Hm) / 64 km (4.800 Hm)

TDS UTMB

 
Date of the race | 23:50 Uhr
Location of the race Courmayeur
Distance of the race 145 km (9.176 Hm)

Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB)

 
3
Date of the race | 18:00 Uhr
Location of the race Chamonix
Distance of the race 300 km / 171 km / 145 km / 100 km / 55 km / 40 km / 15 km

IRONMAN 70.3 Vichy

 
1
Date of the race | 06:40 Uhr
Location of the race Bellerive-sur-Allier
Distance of the race Mitteldistanz / Ironkids / Iron Girl

Marathon du Médoc

 
4
Date of the race | 09:30 Uhr
Location of the race Pauillac
Distance of the race 42,2 km

Triathlon d'Evian

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Evian
Distance of the race Full Distanz / Half Olympique / Sprint

La Skyrhune

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Ascain
Distance of the race 21 km (1.700 Hm)

Ultra Trail des Montagnes du Jura (UTMJ)

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Lancrans
Distance of the race 170 km / 110 km / 77 km / 42 km / 23 km / 10 km

100 km de Millau

 
2
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race de Millau
Distance of the race 100 km

Verticale du Grand Serre

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Cholonge
Distance of the race 1,8 KM (1.000 Hm)

Challenge Vieux Boucau

 
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Vieux Boucau
Distance of the race Mitteldistanz / Olympische Distanz

Nice Côte d’Azur by UTMB

 
Date of the race | 00:00 Uhr
Location of the race Nizza
Distance of the race 165 km (8.700 Hm) / 111 km (5.000 Hm) / 59 km / 17 km

EDF Trail des Vallées D'Aigueblanche

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Aigueblanche
Distance of the race 30 km / 1.300 Hm) / 13 km ( 270 Hm) / 11 km (2.000 Hm) / 5 km (1.000 Hm)

Marathon Metz Mirabelle

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Metz
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 10 km

Run in Lyon

 
1
Date of the race | 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Lyon
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

20 km de Paris

 
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Paris
Distance of the race 20 km

Run in Reims

 
1
Date of the race |
Location of the race Reims
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Marathon de Toulouse

 
2
Date of the race | 09:30 Uhr
Location of the race Toulouse
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Le Grand Raid Reunion

 
2
Date of the race | 19:00 Uhr
Location of the race La Reunion
Distance of the race 164,6 km (9.576 Hm) / 111 km (6.433 Hm) / 65 km (3.505 Hm)

Le Festival des Templiers

 
1
Date of the race | 04:15 Uhr
Location of the race Millau
Distance of the race 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

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