We Run Paris

Year after year, I longed to run a Nike-sponsored race in Paris especially after seeing all the photos of We Run Paris and Nike Women’s 15K Paris. But I never thought it would be a reality so soon.

Thia, one of my lovely Instagram followers, heard I was making my way to Paris in October and told me about the 10KM Paris Centre. It just so happens the race was taking place during one of the weekends I would be in town for work. Since my company was already flying me out to France, I jumped on the opportunity. I only paid for the registration fee which cost about 20$, ridiculously cheap huh? I definitely got lucky.


Fast forward to touchdown in Paris, I hit a snag. Too easy to be true! Turns out I needed a doctor-issued certificate acknowledging that I’m healthy and ready to participate in the race. Without it I wouldn’t be able to claim my bib and run.

With the race less than a week away, Thia helped me find a doctor, and even within walking distance of my hotel! I found the office, after mistakenly walking into the wrong building and getting somewhat lost, and he turned out to be extremely nice. He didn’t even charge me for the certificate.

My goal for the race was to finish under an hour. At sign up this was a pretty aggressive goal considering my average pace was 11:30 per mile. However, after 12 weeks of cross-training and light running, I knew going in that my goal was more realistic, but still a good challenge. The only way I was going to reach it was if I mentally fought for it.

And I did fight for it. I crossed that finish line at 58 minutes and 57 seconds. Personal best 10K, achieved!

Would I run this race again? If I happened to be in town, definitely. I honestly don’t think it’s worth dropping a few grand to fly out to Paris just for this race (I might consider it for Nike Women’s 15K Paris). Now that I’ve done it I also wouldn’t recommend trying to set a personal record with this race. It’s 15,000 – 16,000 people running narrow streets and makes it frustrating as you have to weave through runners.


Overall, the race experience was solid. I accomplished what I set out to do: set a personal record for 10K distance, explore Paris and meet some new running friends. I was a tad bit disappointed there weren’t many photo opportunities (compared to the U.S.) but runners could sign up for a personal pacer!

Oh! And there was a kid race too. So many cute little ones geared up to run!!

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  • Jessie
    October 8, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Oh this is on my list of must-do races – the15K! I’ve only been once to Paris, but I’d love to go again and run through the city! Congrats on the PR, you rock!

    • Jamaica King
      October 8, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Thank you! Maybe we should organize a group to run Nike Women’s Paris sometime. ^_^

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    October 11, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Wow, $20 for a race is pretty cheap, that is awesome. Too bad it was so crowded, but still sounds like a ton of fun.

    • Jamaica King
      October 13, 2015 at 8:45 am

      I don’t think I would have minded the crowd if I wasn’t trying to PR. But overall, definitely worth the 20$. Thanks for dropping by the blog and hope to have you around often.

  • Lucie
    October 13, 2015 at 3:12 am

    That 10 km looked like a lot of fun! You must have a wonderful job traveling to Paris! Also, an interesting way to see Paris! Congratulations on your new P.R.

    • Jamaica King
      October 13, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Best way to explore is on foot! ^_^