to start traveling to those spring races you’ve spent the winter training for?
I know I am. Some of the big spring races include World Marathon Major cities
London and Boston, as well as favorites Paris and Rome. If running a marathon
in a big city with lots of participants isn’t on your travel itinerary, no
worries. There are plenty of smaller races that offer shorter distances to
choose from as well.
Though it is France’s second biggest running event, there are only 8,000
participants, which is nothing compared to France’s biggest running event, the
Paris Marathon, which has 40,000.
Nicoise, a 5km or 2.5km charity run for Breast Cancer research, and a free race
for 10 to 16-year-olds, the 2.5 km P’tits Champions run.
the elite runners followed by breakfast at the Running Expo Mizuno. I almost
enjoyed the expo – which is set up really in Place Masséna – as much as the
actual race. With the Promenade des Anglais as your background, why wouldn’t
you be outdoors?
and other circus-like characters is a fun way to get you pumped up for the
event. I had to be careful not to overdo it. With all that jumping and dancing
around before the race, it would have been easy to move from warming up to
day? I’d argue this was definitely one of the prettiest races I’ve run, with
the course running beside the sea for 16km, along the palm-tree lined Promenade
des Anglais and the attractive, café-lined harbor, Nice le Port.
course went through more residential areas, there was lots of entertainment,
such as African Brazilian drummers and performers on stilts. Maybe the
race directors thought this would distract and keep us from noticing that the
Mediterranean Sea was no longer in view. While the drummers were very good, I
must admit, I noticed.
the same place we started. After collecting my finisher’s medal, I made my way
back to the harbor and celebrated my end of my run.
*This article originally appeared on FlyingBlue Running