La Rochelle Marathon. 42 km, conferences, pasta party… This is what awaits you on the weekend of November 26 to 27

The 31st edition of the La Rochelle Marathon will take place from November 25 to 27. On the program, a 42 km race, marked by unusual activities, such as the pasta party, a huge communal meal.

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After celebrating its 30th anniversary with great fanfare in 2021, the La Rochelle Marathon is back this year from November 26th to 27th with 6,300 registered runners on the clock… currently. “This is more than in 2019, before the Covid crisis, a relieved coward Nicolas Mauny, event development manager. Rather, the trend is a decrease of 10 to 15% of participants in the races. Our goal has been reached.” So good news.

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After a five-year break due to works, the historic old port and its Quai Duperré (where the first edition of the marathon started in 1991) will once again be trampled by athletes. The last kilometers have also been rerouted with a passage through the town hall, to finish as usual at the foot of the Tours de La Rochelle.

Route of 31e edition of the La Rochelle Marathon

Nicolas Mauny is already projecting himself there: “there will be a lot of people. Enough to make memories.” 12,000 runners are registered for all the races (7,000 for Marathon, 3,000 for 10 km…), registrations are closed.

The 10km will see 3,000 runners compete, while the duo category (where each runner completes a loop of the marathon course) will welcome 900 teams. For the Business Challenge (what better way to strengthen relationships with work colleagues?), 150 mixed quartets will complete a relay of four marathons. A disability sports race, consisting of two events (a half-marathon for wheelchair users and a marathon for the blind or partially sighted), is also planned.

Before the race, it will be possible to stretch the legs with the aptly named Chauffe-gambette jogging, open to all, free and without registration, over a distance of 4 km. Offering an attractive range of activities is one of the strengths of the association event. Like conferences. The Encan site in La Rochelle will, among other things, host an exchange with Christelle Daunay, record holder for the Marathon and Fabrice Bidault, journalist for France 3.

A delicious entertainment is planned for Saturday evening: the giant pasta party. In total, 150 kg of spaghetti (raw weight!) will be prepared for 1,000 runners or simple carbohydrate lovers. The pasta is carefully prepared by 100 volunteers, key players in Marathon. On Sunday, there will be 1,300 of them divided into different positions such as refueling or, for example, recording arrival or relay times.

Important data when we know that the 42 km race has risen to second place among French marathons, both in terms of the number of finishers and their timing prowess. Sometimes they are even “at an international level”, says Nicolas Mauny. Combining performance with a good atmosphere is the running line of the event: an associative marathon, “close to the volunteers, also close to the runners.” The challenge? Offer an edition worthy of the thirtieth, last year. A week before the event, Nicolas Mauny seems calm: “we are ready”.

La Rochelle Marathon poster

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