The distance of 40km was chosen as it was the distance separating Marathon from Athens. The current distance of the race is 42.195 km - the standard Olympic Marathon length.
This first race was won by Len Hurst from England who crossed the finishing line in 2 hours, 31 minutes and 30 seconds. His prize money was 200 francs.
The 2006 race was the 30th anniversary, and was marked with special souvenirs for the runners. The organisers, however, were embarrassed by the theft of finishing medals by members of the public pretending to be runners. Approximately 2,000 new medals had to be minted and posted out to runners who did not receive a medal on the day.
Unlike most other marathons, but like all races in France, the Paris Marathon requires a doctor's note affirming the runner is physically fit to run a marathon.
|Date||Winner Men||Country||Time||Winner Women||Country||Time|
|2008||Tsegay Kebede||2h 06mn 40s||Martha Komu||2h 25mn 33s|
|2007||Shami Mubarak||2h 07mn 17s||Magarsa Assale||2h 25mn 08s|
|2006||Gashaw Asfaw||2h 08mn 03s||Irina Timofeyeva||2h 27mn 19s|
|2005||Salim Kipsang||2h 08mn 02s||Lidiya Grigoryeva||2h 27mn 00s|
|2004||Ambesse Tolosa||2h 08mn 56s||Salina Kosgei||2h 24mn 32s|
|2003||Michael Kosgei Rotich||2h 06mn 33s||Beatrice Omwanza||2h 27mn 41s|
|2002||Benoît Zwierzchiewski||2h 08mn 18s||Marleen Renders||2h 23mn 05s|
|2001||Simon Biwott||2h 09mn 40s||Florence Barsosio||2h 27mn 53s|
|2000||Mohamed Ouaadi||2h 08mn 49s||Marleen Renders||2h 23mn 43s|
|1999||Julius Rutto||2h 08mn 10s||Cristina Costea||2h 26mn 11s|
|1998||Jackson Kabiga||2h 09mn 37s||Nicole Caroll||2h 27mn 06s|
|1997||John Kemboi||2h 10mn 14s||Yelena Razdrogina||2h 29mn 10s|
|1996||Henrique Crisostomo||2h 12mn 18s||Alina Tecuta||2h 29mn 32s|
|1995||Domingos Castro||2h 10mn 06s||Judit Nagy||2h 31mn 43s|
|1994||Saïd Ermili||2h 10mn 56s||Mari Tanigawa||2h 27mn 55s|
|1993||Leszek Beblo||2h 10mn 46s||Mitsuyo Yoshida||2h 29mn 16s|
|1992||Luis Soares||2h 10mn 03s||Tatyana Titova||2h 31mn 12s|
|1990||Steve Brace||2h 13mn 10s||Yoshiko Yamamoto||2h 35mn 11s|
|1989||Steve Brace||2h 13mn 03s||Kazue Kojima||2h 29mn 23s|
|1988||Manuel Matias||2h 13mn 53s||Aurora Cunha||2h 34mn 56s|
|1987||Abebe Mekonnen||2h 11mn 09s||Elena Cobos||2h 34mn 47s|
|1986||Ahmed Salah||2h 12mn 44s||Maria Rebelo-Lelut||2h 32mn 16s|
|1985||Jacky Boxberger||2h 10mn 49s||Maureen Hurst||2h 43mn 31s|
|1984||Ahmed Salah||2h 11mn 58s||Sylviane Levesque||2h 38mn 20s|
|1984||Course féminine supplémentaire||Lorraine Moller||2h 32mn 44s|
|1983||Jacky Boxberger||2h 12mn 38s||Jacqueline Courtade||2h 58mn 14s|
|1982||Ian Thompson||2h 14mn 07s||Anne Marie Cienka||2h 56mn 14s|
|1981|| Dave Cannon |
Ron Tabb (ex-æquo)
| ||2h 11mn 44s||Chantal Langlacé||2h 48mn 24s|
|1980||Sylvain Cacciatore||2h 25mn 50s||Gillian Adams||2h 49mn 42s|
|1979||Fernand Kolbeck||Vreni Forster|
|1978||Gilbert Coutant||2h 34mn 55s|
|1977||Gérard Métayer||2h 30mn 41s|
|1976||Jean-Pierre Eudier||2h 20mn 57s|
|1896||Len Hurst||2h 31mn 30s|
The race was run on April 15, 2007. The top male finisher was Shami Mubarak from Qatar in a time of 2:07:19 narrowly beating frenchman Paul Astin. The top female finisher was Tafa Magarsa from Ethiopia in a time of 2:25:08. Handisport race was won by Kurt Fearnley in 1:30:45.A runner who also ran in London's British 10K that year. 28,261 competitors started the race.
The race was run on April 9, 2006. The top male finisher was Gashaw Melese from Ethiopia in a time of 2:08:03. The top female finisher was Irina Timofeyeva from Russia in a time of 2:27:02.She also ran later in the British 10K. South African Ernst Van Dyck won the Handisport race in 1:33:58.
The top male finisher was newcomer Ethiopian Ambesse Tolossa in a time of 2:08:56. This was the Ethiopian's 9th ever marathon and he beat the race favourite - Kenya's Raymond Kipkoech who came in at 2:10:08. The fastest female was Kenyan runner Salina Kosgei (also a newcomer on the event) in 2:24:32, ahead of Ethopian Asha Gigi and France's Corrine Raux. Switzerland's Heinz Frei won the wheelchair event in 1h37'43. 30,430 competitors started the race.
The top male finisher was Kenyan Mike Rotich with a time of 2:06:33, setting a new record for this event. Coming in second, France's Benoît Zwierzchiewski equalled the existing European record, at 2:06:33. The fastest female was Kenyan runner Béatrice Omwanza in 2:27:41, ahead of Italy's Rosaria Console.
France's Joel Jeannot won the wheelchair event.