The Paris Marathon is one of the most popular marathons in Europe, winding its way through the beautiful city whilst passing many iconic sights.
The start for the Paris Marathon is on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees. Runners head downhill and around the Place de la Concorde before turning right into Rue de Rivoli. The route then leads the competitors past the famous Louvre, proceeds around the outside of the Place de la Bastille and onto the Boulevard, south towards the Bois de Vincennes. A wide loop of the Bois de Vincennes returns runners to the heart of the city and to the Rue de Charenton, the halfway point.
The inward stretch follows the course of the Seine, passing Ile de la Cite and going under the Pont Neuf, and through a series of tunnels. For those in need, there is a large drinks station and foot massage at Trocadero, facing the Eiffel Tower.
The route continues along the Seine, before branching east towards Bois de Boulogne, finally emerging for the final 200 metres and the finish line on the Avenue Foch.
The Adventure Time Travel team was made up of many first-time marathoners; more than half the team was aged over 50 years, the oldest member of the team being in her seventies.
Adventure Time Travel managed and organised the administration of the entire team: securing tickets; accommodation; tours; dinners; pre-and post events; uniforms and customised training plans for individuals. The fulfilment of these tasks necessitated the interaction with many relevant organisations and suppliers by ATT for a period of twelve months prior to departure for Paris.
ATT once again took the opportunity to fund-raise for the Asthma Foundation of South Australia by way of special events such as: Melbourne Cup Lunch; Quiz Nights, Raffles. On this occasion a total sum of $45,000was raised.
Completing the Marathon, Leanne Parkes (54), a team member, commented:
“Something I would never have thought I could do until I met, was inspired by, supported and encouraged by Anna
Liptak and all the wonderful His and Her Time people. Being involved in such an event and sharing it with friends was one
of the highlights of my life so far”.
In 2014 after training with Anna for several years and seeing her organise and take groups to participate in marathons in China and New York, as well as many other events within Australia, Anna told me that I too could achieve what I believed to be impossible. And so set the seed – with her guidance, support and organisation I was off to Paris to run a marathon in 2015.
Instead of this becoming an overwhelming daunting task, my only job was to concentrate on me; everything else was taken care of. I had no logistical details whatsoever to worry about. Anna set up our training plan, guided us with dietary requirements, gave us the tips and tricks to running a successful marathon and then behind the scenes worked her magic to coordinate all our flights, accommodation, sight seeing trips, dinners and more.
A team of us were off on a journey of a lifetime. In April of 2015 at 50 years of age, I completedmy first marathon. Just typing this now I feel quite emotional as it brings back such fantastic memories, such a great satisfaction and feeling
so very proud, the whole experience was 100 per cent positive from beginning to end. To organise a large group, all with different personalities, different fitness levels and different expectations and have every single one of them bursting with pride at the end is no mean feat. To guide and encourage us all to complete our training, let alone arrange the flights, the accommodation to everyone’s satisfaction, the restaurants in a foreign city, the team uniforms and all this done with such a sense of calm control and a smile. Personally, I don’t know how she does it!