Paris Olympic Marathon open to public

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The organisers of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games have announced that they will allow the public to run the Olympic Marathon course.

The mass race would take place on the same day as the elite competition and use the same course.

They have also hinted they are looking at other events on the Olympic schedule in which they can include mass participation. This might include the 10km run.

The mass race would take place at a different time, according to committee president Tony Estanguet.

It would be similar to other Major Marathons, in which the elite set off before the masses.

It was also announced that nobody in the amateur field would be eligible for a medal in the race, as they would need to have qualified for the Olympics first.

Historically, the International Olympic Committee has discouraged hosts from inviting the general public to participate in events due to security concerns.

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