Monday, April 16, 2007

Paris Marathon 2007


Four years ago, I wrote a story for a French magazine about "Managers who run the Marathon" and I've always remembered the interviews I carried out at that time, for some of them were very moving. This morning, I felt the same emotion while I attended - and only attended! - the 2007 Paris Marathon. Also, I remember people telling me how beautiful it is to run in the heart of Paris and, well, I do believe them! I took 1 gigabytes of photos this morning but I selected 40 for you. Here they are...

41 comments:

  1. Yahooooo....I think I may be the first to post!! Looks like you had a beautiful day for the Paris Marathon...or...."Look Mom...I went to Paris and all I got was this huge Eiffel Tower..hat...errr..cage"??!! LOL!!

    Hope the weather is nice enough tomorrow for the BostonMarathon2007

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  2. today there was in Rotterdam also a martahon. I didn't see people with funny things. It was to hot for those funny things.

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  3. I'm huffing and puffing and all sweaty! I enjoyed all 40 of your pics from the sidelines after the race.
    Now back to my lemon lift tea, but why is the man carrying an anvil?

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  4. Loved the photos in your link. What a crowd!! I especially enjoyed seeing the marathoners in wheelchairs. Takes grit and stamina to participate and compete.
    Incidentally, another topic: The New York Times Magazine today had an interesting article about your elections.

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  5. Great series of shots, Eric on your link.

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  6. I really did lol when I saw this pix! I thought only the Americans were this goofball(The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade in CA, King Mango Strut in Miami , Gross National Parade in DC ).I know that "goofball" is not the theme of the Paris marathon, but this runner would not be out of place in those American parades. This pix brightened my day.

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  7. Oh, and thank you Michael for yesterday's link that I just now saw.

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  8. Wow, I hope he didn't try to run the whole way with that.

    I've decided that if I ever decide to run a marathon it will be the one in Paris. However, I'll never run a marathon, so maybe I'll just watch. =)

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  9. Eric...This picture is AWESOME!!!
    ParisMarathon Great shot!!

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  10. A wonderfully captured shot. I liked your other pics too!

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  11. Another Eiffel Tower, how cool is that!!!! :-D Hope that thing wasn't too heavy to carry; running with anything is kind of pain. My hat off to the guy underneath the Eiffel Tower, and my hat off, of course, to the one taking the pictures for us ;)

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  12. I get the sense that these guys must work for the ironworks union or something else related to the Eiffel Tower. I mean, they not only have an anvil, but are wearing hard hats, carrying a ladder, etc.

    I never saw the article you wrote about the managers, but will now sit down and read it. As a manager myself, I can tell you that just the "day job" is enough marathon for me!

    phx-cdg - no problem. Glad you found it.

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  13. Oh, I would love that Eiffel tower for my garden!!!!
    I can see a lovely climbing rose on it!!

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  14. I don't know where in the world you live, ladyjicky, but I bought a 4 foot metal Eiffel tower at Marshalls. What WOULD Gustave think of all this!

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  15. Merci Eric pour les photos. Jambes un peu raides ce matin, grosse chaleur hier pour courir ce marathon !

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  16. I've also written marathon stories and people's reasons for running are touching indeed. It's exhausting running that far, must drink lots and work out the pace. Your muscles just kick in after a time and run for you. Apparently. Me? At the side with a notebook and camera. Like you, Eric!

    Well done these lads, especially the one in the middle. Hope to God they stopped now and again and swapped places with him.

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  17. Keep on running... bring it to Auckland!

    Cheers!

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  18. Eric, you're a good boy instead of me locked at home by my laziness while they were running the Turin Marathon 2007 that has been held the *same day* of Paris Marathon 2007 (Turin Marathon Organizers shouldn't be any rockets of scientists to plan same day of Paris Marathon). Of course I like so much to see your photo !!!

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  19. This photo is great fun. I would love to have the Eiffel replica on my front lawn and a few other depicted decorations. LOL

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  20. Enlarged the photo. Changed my mind. Just the tower, please. LOL

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  21. Eric all I can say is thank you!!! I feel that it´s a privilege to be able to see so many different angles of the Paris Marathon through your lenses. On the news we get mostly quick frames only. Wow, going through your photos I almost felt like I was there!
    Not as a runner, but as a very supportive person in the crowd! :-)
    This shot with the Eiffel Tower is great, so funny.
    You have done an excellent job!!!

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  22. Eric, on a more personal note, since you have a wish list of photos, I´d love to see a photo of a picnic by the Seine! I believe now that spring has arrived people must be enjoying the sunny days outdoors.

    Since you guys are gonna have a picnic this month and I´ll only make it to Paris in late July... at least I´ll have an image of it to fill my dreams!

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  23. Eric I loved the first photo from your link.
    How on earth did you get so close to the runner's feet.

    Brilliant photos!!

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  24. By the way Eric...is that Jacques Chirac to the right of the "Tour Eiffel" with his "coffre" of "Secret Papers"????

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  25. Really fun. I'm having trouble finding time just for walks to practice for the trip.

    Monica: check the PDP archives for, I think, June 9, 2006. There's your (our) picnic by the Seine.

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  26. My friend Rocky (The Flying Squirrel) #22829 is running in the Boston Marathon today to raise funds to support The Second Step, a charity which supports survivors of domestic violence. Unfortunately it is raining and there are high winds in Boston today. Go Rocky!

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  27. Jeff, I have seen the picture of last year´s picnic before.
    Thanks for the tip anyway.

    It´s just that it seems the weather is so lovely in Paris these days, I´d love to see a new one! With parisians and their baguettes and wine and fromage...
    like you always say, we can´t get enough of beautiful and pleasent things!

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  28. Hahaha, vraiment excellente cette photo !

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  29. I forget who said they had an eiffel tower tattoo, but this tops that! I love the photos on the Making Of page too Eric.

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  30. This photo is so fun - one of my all-time PDP favorites!!! The photos with the sea of people with l'Arc de Triomphe behind them are incredible! Thanks, Eric!

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  31. And I thought you weren't allowed to photograph Eiffel's tower... ;)

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  32. Hi everyone I'm happy you liked these pics for some of them were pretty hard to get. But I am happy with the results so it was worth it;)

    I'm sorry I have a lot of work at the moment so I don't have the time to answer your questions right now. Please don't be mad! ;)

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  33. ABSOLUMENT EXCELLENT, C'EST BIEN CELLE-LA QU'IL FALLAIT SELECTIONNER!!!

    La deuxième, celle des pieds, est vraiment bonne aussi.

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  34. Ladyjicky is in Australia. I would love that tower! The choice you have in the states makes me so green with envy! LOL

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  35. HI Eric,

    A similar picture was in our papers a couple of days ago!

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  37. This comment box is missing something important...

    EIFFEL TOWER!
    EIFFEL TOWER!!
    EIFFEL TOWER!!!

    My work is done.

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  38. Thank you so much for posting this great article, I am so interested on what I read, good and useful content about Paris Marathon 2007.

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