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The Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes Marathon

Step inside the legend of the Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes Marathon: take your place on the starting line on 3 November 2024 to face up to the challenge!

For the 16th anniversary of the Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes Marathon, come and run the 42.195 km as fast as possible.

The legendary race that is the Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes Marathon takes place each year between Nice and Cannes.

On the programme: 42.195 km of pure joy along the Côte d’Azur, between sea and mountain, starting at the famous Promenade des Anglais and with an exceptional finish line at La Croisette. Since its creation, with more than 175,000 runners signed up and 70 nations represented at the starting line across all distances offered, the Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes Marathon charms its thousands of competitors from all four corners of the world with its climate and the beauty of its landscapes and is one of the biggest marathons in France.


The Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes Marathon is not just reserved for seasoned runners. The challenge is open to all federation-licensed or non-licensed competitors born in 2005 or earlier.

No matter your running experience and according to your goals, in addition to the classic “Marathon”, you can opt for the “2×21.1 km” option, allowing you and a partner to run a half-marathon each between Nice and Cannes (Nice/Antibes – Antibes/Cannes).

Run the first part of the course with the Nice-Villeneuve-Loubet 20 km! You’ll take to the first half of the Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes Marathon alongside the marathon runners and end your race facing the famous Baie des Anges Marina!

Opt for the Relay Marathon (from 3 km to 10.8 km) with a team of 3 to 6 runners. The 6-person race is open to federation-licensed or non-licensed competitors born in 2009 or earlier. Everyone can enjoy the marathon festival at their own pace, with distances adapted to all!

Finally, the Handisport race: disabled athletes will set off a few minutes earlier from the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, following the same course as the other competitors to reach Cannes and the legendary La Croisette.

And not forgetting the Breakfast Run! The night before the race, the Breakfast Run brings together between 200 and 300 runners each year for a final training session on the famous Promenade des Anglais.

Your race number will act as your transport ticket and give you unlimited access to SNCF TER regional trains all day long on 3 November 2024, between Nice and Cannes, in both directions!

Registrations are open for the marathon: the first 1,000 will benefit from a special early-bird rate of €65!


The Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes Marathon is held between Nice and Cannes. It crosses various towns along the Côte d’Azur, between the sea and the palm trees. The starting line is located on the legendary Promenade des Anglais in Nice. The finish line is on the no-less-famous Boulevard de la Croisette in Cannes. In total: 42.195 km, a total elevation gain of 173 m and 95% along the Mediterranean sea. The race is to be run in a maximum time of 6 hours and takes place every year in late October/early November.

The course crosses 7 iconic towns of the Alpes-Maritimes department: Nice, Saint-Laurent-du-Var, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Villeneuve-Loubet, Antibes-Juan-les-Pins, Vallauris Golfe-Juan and Cannes:

The starting city, Nice, is the capital of the Côte d’Azur, with its famous Promenade des Anglais which runs along the Baie des Anges;
Saint-Laurent-du-Var, nestled between the sea and the lush hills, is an authentic sporting marina;
Cagnes-sur-Mer, a Côte d’Azur seaside resort, is famous for its racecourse;
Villeneuve-Loubet, capital of cuisine and the home of Auguste Escoffier, is an ideal base from which to discover the Côte d’Azur’s central region;
Antibes-Juan-les-Pins is an ancient town with exceptional heritage and an absolute must-see;
Vallauris Golfe-Juan, capital of artistic ceramics and pottery, is a traditional town which has welcomed the likes of Napoleon, Picasso and Jean Marais over the years;
Cannes, the finishing city, is the capital of cinema, but also offers up an exceptional heritage. Not to be missed: the Lérins Islands


The races are open to federation-licensed and non-licensed runners:

Born in 2005 and earlier for the marathon;
Born in 2007 and earlier for the 2-person marathon;
Born in 2007 and earlier for the 20 km;
Born in 2009 and earlier for a 6-person relay;
Born in 2007 and earlier for a 5-person relay;
Born in 2007 and earlier for a 4-person relay;
Born in 2005 and earlier for a 3-person relay.

The Marathon, the ultimate race, forms part of the French Athletic Federation’s official calendar: by taking part, you can therefore qualify for the French championships. However, as this is a competition, athletes must present one of the following:

  • an FFA licence (FFA Athlé Compétition, Athlé Entreprise or Athlé Running, or J’aime courir pass);
  • a sports licence from an approved federation, stating that there are no contraindications to the practice of competitive athletics;
  • a medical certificate certifying fitness to take part in competitive running.
  • The marathon may be run as a duo, with each athlete covering 21.1 km and changing over at Antibes-Juan-les-Pins. Finally, the relay marathon is another option available since 2010, offering distances adapted to all from 3 to 10 km. Five relay points have been set up along the route to allow teams to pass the baton. Teams can be made up of 3 to 6 runners, each taking part only once, though they may take on several consecutive portions.

Each participant will receive a personalised race number with their number and first name, a t-shirt, a backpack and a medal.

Want to throw yourself into the adventure of the Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes Marathon and finish it in the best conditions possible? Follow the various training plans offered according to your racing goal, step by step!


The Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes marathon record was set in 2018 by Millaw Abrha, with a time of 2 h 07 min 25 sec.

For women, Radiya Roba – having achieved the record of 2 h 30 min in 2010 – was dethroned by Zenebu Fikadu, who lowered the record to 2 h 28 min 15 sec in 2022.

These two athletes both come from Ethiopia.

The greatest number of participants was recorded in 2014 with 14,100 people at the starting line on the Promenade des Anglais. In 2020, the edition was replaced by a digital marathon due to the COVID-19 epidemic.


The first Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes Marathon was held in November 2008, with around 10,000 participants. It was won by the Kenyan runner Jacob Kitur in 2 h 11.

The winners of the previous editions are as follows:

YearMale championFemale champion
2008Jacob Kitur (Kenya) in 2h 11 min 12 sOkxana Kuzmicheva (Russia) in 2h 37 min 10 s
2009Adelo Roba (Ethiopia) in 2h 10 min 17 sMerima Mohammed (Ethiopia) in 2h 33 min 56 s
2010Botoru Tsegaye (Ethiopia) in 2h 10 min 27 sRadiya Roba (Ethiopia) in 2h 30 m 37s
2011Lukas Kanda (Kenya) in 2h 08 min 40 sTe Amé Shumye (Ethiopia) in 2h 30 min 53 s
2012Eliud Magut (Kenya) in 2h 10 min 31 sAregu Lechisa (Ethiopia) in 2h 31 min 56 s
2013Abdisa Sori (Ethiopia) in 2h 13 min 58 sSalina Jebet (Kenya) in 2h 41 min 34 s
2014Hailu Shumi (Ethiopia) in 2h 09 min 26 sRose Chepchumba (Kenya) in 2h 33 min 52 s
2015Barnabas Kiptum (Kenya) in 2h 10 min 43 sRose Chepchumba (Kenya) in 2h 36 min 02 s
2016Elisha Kipchirchir (Kenya) in 2h 10 min 45 sBiruk Tilahun (Ethiopia) in 2h 37 min 56 s
2017Dejene Kelkilew (Ethiopia) in 2h 12 min 09 sTejitu Siyum (Ethiopia) in 2h 33 min 21 s
2018Milaw Abrha (Ethiopia) in 2h 07 min 25 sNurit Shimels (Ethiopia) in 2h 31 min 53 s
2019Alemu Gemechu (Ethiopia) in 2h 10 min 57 sAlemito Lema (Ethiopia) in 2h 37 min 44 s
2020Barnabas Kiptum (Kenya)Rose Chepchumba (Kenya)
2021Enock Unchari (Kenya) in 2h 11 min 21 sClaire Amann (France) in 2h 56 min 24 s
2022John Langat (Kenya) in 2h 10 min 25 sZenebu Fikadu (Ethiopia) in 2h 28 min 15 s
2023Japheth Kosgei (Kenya) in 2h 14 min 37 sIrene Jerobon (Kenya) in 2h 41 min 17 s

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