Ahead of cheering on friends that ran the Paris marathon, and after spending a good few days rambling around beautiful Parisian streets (and eating our weight in pastry) we decided to see out our stay by running a few laps on this hidden gem – centre sportif Emile Anthoine. The track is free to use, easy to get to, and with plenty of changing space.

Iโ€™m all for history, and generally tourist spots are so for a certain reasons, but it felt like a treat to have the Eiffel Tower so closely in sight without the crowds, and instead, be surrounded by people running, stretching, or playing other sports.

A few years ago I would never have imagined myself geeking out, trying to seek out 400m loops of red asphalt in foreign countries, but now I see them, in a weird way, as little running havens. Generally the people there will be appreciators of the passion that you love, and I think thatโ€™s quite a special thing.

Photography : Stephen Adjaidoo


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