Paris-Versailles 2019: discover the route of the race

Paris-Versailles, one of the most famous races is back on Sunday September 29, 2019. About 25,000 runners are expected on the starting-blocks to run, as usual, the 16-km between the Eiffel Tower and Versailles.

Paris-Versailles, the great classic race that connects, as its name says, Paris to Versailles, will kick off on Sunday September 29, 2019 for a 42nd edition.

Speaking of the race course, runners will run along the quays to Issy Les Moulineaux, they will turn off towards Meudon. Here lies the first difficulty: the Côte des Gardes! As feared as expected by runners, this hill covers 2-km leading to the heart of Meudon and to Viroflay. We continue with the slope of Viroflay cemetery that only cover 300-m but that really hurts our legs.

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Paris:

  • Departing from Quai Branly, by the Eiffel Tower
  • KM1: Quai de Grenelle
  • KM2: André Citroën tunel
  • KM3: Pont du Garigliano

Issy Les Moulineaux:

  • KM4 and KM5: Quai du Président Roosevelt; Quai de Stalingrad

Meudon:

  • KM6: Côte des Gardes
  • KM7: Avenue du Château
  • KM8 to 10: Route Royale
  • Vélizy (lower part of the city)
  • KM11: Route de la Fontaine d'Ursine
  • KM12: Allée Noire

Viroflay (CD 53 crossroad)

  • KM13 and 14: Route du Pavé de Meudon; Avenue de Versailles

Versailles (Place Louis XIV):

  • KM15 and 16: Avenue de Paris
  • KM16.2: Finish by 51 Avenue de Paris, facing the palace

Once you’ve came over these two difficulties, competitors will run towards Versailles for a final effort: Avenue de Paris. Unlike what it appears, Avenue de Paris, that looks flat, is a slight uphill and is likely to cut runners down. Runners will be freed in front of the wonderful view of the Palace of Versailles.

For runners’ comfort, music will be played all through the 16-km race. There will be 4 supply points including the one at the arrival with a system of watering expecting you in Meudon and Viroflay to cool down a bit if you need to.

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Here is the full race course from the Eiffel Tower to Versailles with comments.

Bibs and timing chips retrieval:
Bibs and timing chips are to be retrieved upon presentation of the voucher or an ID at the Village Expo set in Palais des Sports Robert Charpentier, 4 Boulevard des Frères Voisin in Issy Les Moulineaux on September 27 and 28, 2019, time slots have not been announced yet. No bib and timing chip will be sent by mail.

Changing rooms:
You will leave your belonging in Paris, in Pont d’Iéna (linking Trocadero to the Eiffel Tower) near the entrance to the departing zone, our trucks are available for you. Your belonging must be dropped off between 8:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. A voucher will be asked on your way back. Your belonging will be carried by our care to Versailles, where you’ll find them at the end of the race, a few meters after the finish line (on the right side of the palace). A cumbersome suitcase or bag (bigger than 55 x 35 x 20 cm) will be denied systematically at the drop-off.

Timing:
You’ll be timed by a timing chip including in the bib. You will have to attach it and make sure it’s visible, intact and uncovered. To make sure you’re timed, you will have to complete the whole Paris-Versailles race on the road: no bib, no time.

Please note there is no particular order for the start, the first to come in the morning are the first to leave. The limit hour for starting the race is set at 11 a.m., not matter the numbers of runners. The finish line is set in Avenue de Paris, facing the Palace of Versailles. You better arrive at 1:30 p.m. at the latest or you won’t be timed. At the finish line, you will be handed over a bag with supply and the souvenir medal of the race.

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In short, a wonderful race to complete or to support!

Laurent P.
Last updated on 27 March 2019

Practical information

Opening Time
On 29 September 2019

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    Location

    Tour Eiffel
    75007 Paris 7

    Access
    Métro ligne 6 ou 9 station "Trocadéro", ligne 6 station "Bir-Hakeim", RER C station "Champ de MArs - Tour Eiffel"

    Prices
    par coureur (prix valable jusqu'au 14 avril): 29 €
    par coureur (prix valable à partir du 15 avril): 35 €

    Official website
    www.parisversailles.com

    Booking
    www.parisversailles.com

    More information
    Départs de 10h00 à 11h00 sur le Quai Branly, au pied de la Tour Eiffel. 9h50 : Départ de la course handisport. 10h : Départ de la course internationale . A partir de 10h01 : départ continu par vagues de plus de 350 participants par minute.

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