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Run-up to the Riviera Marathon 2017

The event will take place on Sunday 5th November

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Ana Hernández | Cannes Editor | Published: 2nd November 2017

We're almost there! France's second largest marathon after the Paris Marathon will take place next Sunday. More than 13,000 runners have signed up and over 35,000 visitors are expected to watch the sports event of the season in the French Riviera.

This year the Nice-Cannes Marathon celebrates its 10th edition. For just over 42 kilometres, participants will run from Nice to Cannes on a coastal route, enjoying gorgeous sea views and passing through picturesque villages like Saint-Laurent-du-Var, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Villeneuve-Loubet, Antibes, Juan-les-Pins and Golfe-Juan. The race starts at the iconic Promenade des Anglais in Nice and finishes at the famous Boulevard de la Croisette in Cannes.

Getting there

Several streets and roads along the route will be closed to the traffic for most of the day so, if you're taking part in the marathon or just a spectator, we recommend you take advantage of the Riviera's public transport to reach your destination on Sunday, November 5th. The French train system, SNFR, will offer a Pass Marathon which will allow everyone to use the TER train line between Nice and Cannes for only 6€ throughout the day. Runners can also use the shuttles that the organisation has put at their service for 7€ to reach Nice from Cannes in the morning or return to Nice from Cannes in the evening.

What to do

There are tonnes of things to do in Cannes. Hire a bike and explore the town, book a boat trip, enjoy a guided tour of the city complete with some wine tasting... If you're feeling tired after the run, a visit to a spa will soothe those sore muscles. The marathon's organisation have also set up their own activities. The Village Running will be open from Thursday to Saturday at Place Massena in Nice, complete with a selfie zone. On Saturday, there is also a breakfast run open to everyone; meet at 10:00 at Place Massena and enjoy an after-run brunch.

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Where to eat

The marathon's organisers have struck deals with a few restaurants, cafes and bars along the course that will offer special prices or discounts to all those who present the race's programme or quote the code "marathon" from the 1st to the 5th of November. These include several places in Cannes such as La Maison Corse where you'll get a traditional Corsican dish plus wine and coffee for only 16€, the central Potiniere du Palais Restaurant that offers a free coffee, or the Up Side Down Restaurant where you can have a sirloin, tagliatelle, Tarte Tatin and coffee for 24€. In Nice, the best pre- or after-run fuel is probably just getting a piece of pissaladiere or socca at the Cours Saleya Provençal Market. If you'd rather sit down, the city has plenty of restaurants to choose from ranging from traditional local cuisine to Italian fare and international delicacies.

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More inspiration...

While you're in Cannes, take a look at our Events Calendar to see what's on then. If you still haven't booked your accommodation in the area, check out our recommendations.

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