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Over 45,000 athletes from 65 different countries took part in the 2018 edition of the Harmonie Mutuelle Semi de Paris, the biggest half marathon in France and first event on the running calendar. 34% of the participants —and 43% of women— tackled this distance for the first time in March 2018. These figures speak volumes about the popularity of a race that was first held 26 years ago and has since grown to become known all over the world.
10 March will be a watershed moment for every runner who tackles the 21.1 km distance for the first time in Paris. It is time to mark the date on the calendar, with registration opening on time to on Friday, 21 September at noon.
Harmonie mutuelle campaigns for rpevention and inclusion alogside amaury sport organisation
Harmonie Mutuelle and A.S.O. support running throughout France via a partnership with the Semi de Paris half-marathon and the “Run In by Harmonie Mutuelle” races, which are a means of strenthening its commitment to prevention and inclusion. This partnership between Harmonie Mutuelle and Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) is a partnership for a cause and reflects the commitment of these two players in their respective domains: Harmonie Mutuelle, a major player in overall health, has made prevention on of the main vectors of its personalised support, whilst A.S.O. is the organiser of leading French sporting events, such as the Tour de France, the Dakar Rally, the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris or the Lacoste Ladies Open de France.
36,867 runners start the Fitbit Semi de Paris
Sunday's chilly and wet weather over the long avenues next to the Château de Vincennes made the forest the ideal starting point for a thrilling race. 36,867 runners started the Fitbit Semi de Paris, 36% of them women, who have a growing appetite for half marathons. 34% of the participants were rookies. Although the field still has a strong Parisian flavour, with 79% of athletes from Île-de-France, it is also becoming increasingly international, with no fewer than 65 countries represented in the biggest half marathon in France —now a giant popular celebration.
Cheruiyot and Kwambai dominate the Fitbit Semi de Paris
The chilly, wet conditions failed to deter Evans Cheruiyot, who claimed the 26th edition of the Fitbit Semi de Paris ahead of fellow Kenyan Evans Kurui and Ethiopian Hailu Gizachew. Kenyan Antonina Kwambai won the women's race.