POSTED: September 12th 2016

2016 'La Parisienne' road race draws in 37,000 women runners boosting Paris 2024

37,000 women take part in the 2016 'La Parisienne' road race © Paris 2024
37,000 women take part in the 2016 'La Parisienne' road race © Paris 2024

Olympian Sarah Ourahmoune takes time to talk and sign autographs for fans © Paris 2024
Olympian Sarah Ourahmoune takes time to talk and sign autographs for fans © Paris 2024

2016 'La Parisienne' road race © Paris 2024
2016 'La Parisienne' road race © Paris 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The city of Paris has once again showcased its experience and expertise in delivering major sporting events after the successful showing at the 2016 'La Parisienne' road race.

Paris 2024 Co-Chairman, Bernard Lapasset stated, "Paris is a true city of sport with events like 'La Parisienne' race being part of the fabric of our social life in the capital and across France...Paris 2024's promise is to harness this growing public interest and participation in sport and help the Olympic Movement create a new generation of fans who are fully engaged with the Games and Olympic sport."

"Through this race, the citizens of the city also celebrate gender equality, diversity, sharing, openness and friendliness - values that are inherent to our society and to our Paris 2024 bid," commented the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo.

The race was established in 1997 specifically for women. The first edition drew in 1,500 runners. This year's race had 37,000 women runners, which makes it the largest race in the world for women. 'La Parisienne' is also a fund-raising charity race that looks to aid breast cancer research and awareness.

Also, many high-profile athletes took part in 'La Parisienne.' Olympian Sarah Ourahmoune was among them. She recently won a silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics in Boxing.

"I am delighted for everyone who participated in today's 'La Parisienne' race. This is a very special event for women that promotes active lifestyles and health and well-being," expressed the Mayor Hidalgo.

Lapasset added, "On behalf of everyone at Paris 2024, I wish to congratulate all the runners who participated in the 2016 'La Parisienne' race. It was another weekend where the streets of Paris were filled with a wonderful festival of sport and my thanks also go to the race organizers and the fans who came out in their thousands to support the runners.

The 6.7 km race weaved its way through the city center. Pont d'lena marked the starting point and runners crossed the finish line at the Champs de Mars. Participants past various iconic landmarks and proposed Paris 2024 venues during the course of the race, including the Eiffel Tower, River Seine, and the Esplanade des Invalides. A city celebration was held along with the race with artistic performances and fun events for all ages.

Mayor Hidalgo concluded, "We have seen today that Paris is one of the world's most iconic and cosmopolitan cities with historic landmarks and breathtaking venues offering an incredible live setting to showcase sport. Seeing all the runners race past these stunning cityscapes in the center of Paris also highlights the compactness of our Games Plan, which makes it very attractive for athletes, sports fans and the Olympic Family with a view to 2024."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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