• Posted:Thursday, November 26, 2009
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Run the Paris marathon
If you're feeling as though your pants won't do up properly after having eaten 300 Christmas dinners, then booking a flight to and getting a room in a hostel in Paris might be a good idea as the city is holding its marathon on April 11th. Even better news is that this is just before Easter - another holiday where eating chocolate is the norm, what with all the eggs that pesky bunny hops around handing out eggs. You'll have your trousers fitting in no time at all!

This Paris run has been going since 1896 - a long time by anyone's standards, although back then it took place on a lovely summer's day in July. 191 contestants decided to take part, pounding the pavement for more than 40 km between Paris and Conflans. All those who completed the race in less than four hours were presented with a medal by organisers, the Petit Journal. The overall winner was awarded the then-princely sum of 200 francs.

Last year's event - the 33rd instalment of the marathon - saw Kenyan Vincent Kipruto cross the finishing line in first place, with a time of two hours, five minutes and 47 seconds, beating the previous record by almost a minute. And in the women's race, Christelle Daunay came in third, beating her French national record and coming in with a time of two hours, 25 minutes and 40 seconds.

If you're up for it, you'd better get your skates on and head to the website to sort out application forms as registration opened on September 15th.

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