When sport and culture come together

The Louvre-Lens is not only a cultural asset, it is also a opportunity for the departments of the Nord (Lille) and the Pas-de-Calais (Lens) to work together in a meaningful manner as part of a major sports event. When the decision was announced to build the Louvre in Lens it was decided that an annual sporting event was needed to link the capital of Flanders to the capital of the mining area, and so it was pretty handy that distance between Lille and Lens is about 40km. The 42.195km marathon draws more and more aficionados every year. In 2014 about 15,000 people took part either in the marathon or the 10km race, as well as the many walks organised as part of the event. There was something for everyone, be they solitary runners or family groups.
En 2014, environ 15 000 participants s’étaient donné rendez-vous pour participer au marathon, au 10 km mais aussi aux nombreuses randonnées qui ponctuent l’événement. De quoi satisfaire aussi bien les familles que les coureurs solitaires.

A moment of celebration

Events are organised in the towns along the course of the Route du Louvre which are proud to present the region and its local traditions, with brass bands, tastings of regional produce, concerts, and live art performances. A whole range of events await participants and supporters at the finish line on the impressive 11/19 Pit in Loos-en-Gohelle, with its twin slag keeps rising up above the crowds. Not to mention the traditional Pasta Party to reward the runners for all their effort.