After a Half Marathon on the 6th of March that
attracted an impressive crowd, setting a new record
for participation despite the inclement weather, we
will be gathering on the Champs-Elysées on the 10th
of April for the start of the 29th Paris Marathon.
The Paris Marathon is a major road race and now
defi nitely one of the top races of this kind in the world.
The race is the fruit of an exemplary co-operation
between the authorities and numerous private
sponsors, many of whom have placed their trust
in us for some years now; I would like to take this
opportunity to thank their representatives in these
halls of the town hall, which the Mayor of Paris has
very kindly made available to us.
May I also address my sincerest thanks to the
municipal staff for their commitment alongside us,
without forgetting the services of the police, the Paris
fi remen, the emergency medical services, the Red
Cross, the civil defence and the many volunteers whose
contribution is vital for the organisation of such a race.
Moreover, the 2005 Paris Marathon is proud to lend its
fi rm and unconditional support to Paris’s candidature
to host the Olympic Games of 2012.
For Paris, for France and for all sports, let us march
together towards victory; we thank the members of
the press for their support in this, for a whole people
are united behind this great project, one that is
marked by consensus, fraternity and solidarity.