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Race previews French Riviera Marathon Nice-Cannes

05 July 2023, 12pm

Coastal course through five emblematic Riviera towns

Promenade des coureurs

French Riviera Marathon Nice-Cannes
Sun 5 November 2023

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A captivating marathon, surpassed in France in terms of participation only by the Paris Marathon, the French Riviera Marathon Nice-Cannes is about to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

The race is supported by the Department of Alpes-Maritimes, the cities of Nice and Cannes, running partner Kiprun and gold partner Caisse d’Epargne. The Côte d’Azur will welcome over 13,000 runners who will race from the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice to the Croisette Boulevard in Cannes, a few metres from the steps of the legendary Palais des Festivals.

Since the first edition in 2008 participants have praised the breath-taking beauty of the course which passes through five emblematic French Riviera towns: Saint-Laurent-du-Var, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Villeneuve-Loubet, Antibes Juan-les-Pins and Vallauris Golfe-Juan. Each of these towns brings its own feel to the coastal course and offers a unique backdrop that combines snow-capped mountains and palm trees. Celebration, happy faces and fancy dress are also a common thread to this event. This year runners have specifically been invited to wear something blue on race day – referencing the historic ‘blue line’ of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and the blue sky and sea of the French Riviera.

This 15th edition should once again be rich in sporting and emotional memories. Elite athletes will be present once again; music bands and DJs will be positioned along the 42195m route and at the start and finish lines to support the runners. For this new edition the French Riviera Marathon Nice-Cannes is proud to welcome the running brand, Kiprun as official supplier for the next three years. They will provide all participants with the official tee-shirt (and with a mention for full marathon finishers as well) and a backpack, in addition to the traditional finisher’s medal.

The French Riviera Marathon Nice-Cannes is a truly international event. Last year athletes came from almost 70 different nations with 30% of the field from overseas. The course record of 2:07:25 was set in 2018 by Ethiopian athlete Abrha Milaw.

The French Riviera Marathon Nice-Cannes welcomes La Banque Alimentaire des Alpes-Maritimes as a charity partner for this new edition and is proud to help in the struggle against poverty and food insecurity.

The French Riviera Marathon Nice-Cannes has been a member of AIMS for many years now and this gives international recognition regarding its quality and rigorous organisation. Last year the event linked up with the Abbott ‘World Marathon Majors’ group to give Nice-Cannes Marathon finishers aged 40 and more the opportunity to be part of the extended series and gain points in the global ranking.

Ever since the second edition of the French Riviera Marathon Nice-Cannes the event there has been a Marathon Relay open to companies and groups. The French Riviera Relay Marathon, sponsored by Caisse d’Epargne Côte d’Azur, is open to teams of three to six runners and has succeeded in attracting up to 400 teams in the best editions. Since 2013 pairs of runners have had the opportunity to run 2×21.1km (a half-marathon each). In the last few years the event offers a 20km race option from Nice to Villeneuve-Loubet.

Around 100,000 spectators will line the marathon course to cheer and support the 13,000 participants expected. Runners will set off at 08.00 on Sunday 5 November from the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. Registrations via post are open until 30 October.

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