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Michel Pakloglou, co-organisateur de Run in Lyon
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“Run in Lyon”: a genuine community event

Michel Pakloglou: joint organiser of Run in Lyon

Michel Pakloglou presents the race being held in October. Including 10 km, half marathon and marathon categories, the organisers are expecting 20,000 competitors on the starting line, ranging from housewives to Kenyan marathon runners.

Could you tell us a little about the race?

Run in Lyon has been going since 2009 and is a very original event for one reason: it includes three races (10 km, the half marathon and the marathon). When we created this race, we wanted to move beyond some of the usual conventions of athletics by involving participants of all levels. The result is that each year we attract no fewer than 20,000 runners, 10% of whom are from abroad!

How would you describe the atmosphere at the race?

Run in Lyon  is a real community event with an atmosphere all its own thanks to the different types of people taking part. Among the runners lining up at the start, you’ll find a Kenyan champion who has his sights set on a time of two hours eight minutes but also a housewife! A festive atmosphere reigns along the race route with musical groups and the runners’ friends and families coming along to cheer them on. The fact that a whole family or a group of workmates can run as a team, from 10 km up to the marathon, creates an amazing atmosphere at the finishing line.

Is this race a good way to discover Lyon? 

Oh yes, a fantastic one! Seeing the city centre without cars in a party atmosphere like this is really special. And then, the race route continues via  Bellecour , Saint-Jean , the  Tête d’Or park , the banks of the Rhône  and the la Saône : It offers a great overall view of our beautiful city. The only drawback for the runners/ tourists is that they’ll have to wait until Sunday to tuck into the delicious andouillette sausage and the Côtes du Rhône wine!

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