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Paris doused in colour for ‘world’s happiest run’

An estimated 20,000 people took part in the second edition of the Paris Color Run on Sunday, that left both the runners and the city itself doused in pinks, blues, and greens.

Paris doused in colour for 'world's happiest run'
Crowds doused in coloured powder near the Eiffel Tower. Photo: AFP

The Paris Color Run saw tens of thousands of participants caked in colored powder run through the heart of the French capital on Sunday.

The five kilometre run, which began at the Hotel de Ville and ended at the Trocadero near the Eiffel Tower, saw runners covered in different coloured powders at various points along the course.

 The money raised from the event supports les Petits Princes, a charity for hospitalized children.

It's no surprise the entrants appear to be enjoying themselves… the event is also known as "The Happiest 5k on the Planet". 
 
 
The event has two rules and they're simple:
 
1) Wear white at the starting line
2) Finished plastered in colour
 

The event runs in over 50 countries, and will also be held in French cities Nancy, on May 31st, and Marseilles on October 4th (more information here).

 
 


(Photos: AFP)

 

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Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

Car, moped, public transport, or electric bicycle - which means of transport is the quickest way to get across Paris?

Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

One intrepid reporter for French daily Le Parisien decided to find out. 

The challenge was simple. Which mode of transport would get the journalist from the heart of Fontenay-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs to the newspaper’s office on Boulevard de Grenelle, west Paris, fastest?

Over four separate journeys, each one in the middle of rush hour, the electric bicycle was quickest and easiest. More expensive than conventional bikes, electric bikes do come with a government subsidy.

The journey was described as ‘pleasant and touristy’ on a dry but chilly morning going via dedicated cycle lanes that meant the dogged journalist avoided having to weave in and out of traffic.

It took, in total, 47 minutes from start to finish at an average speed of 19km/h, on a trip described as “comfortable” but with a caveat for bad weather. The cost was a few centimes for charging up the bike.

In comparison, a car journey between the same points took 1 hour 27 minutes – a journey not helped by a broken-down vehicle. Even accounting for that, according to the reporter’s traffic app, the journey should – going via part of the capital’s southern ringroad – have taken about 1 hr 12.

Average speed in the car was 15km/h, and it cost about €2.85 in diesel – plus parking.

A “chaotic and stressful” moped trip took 1 hour 3 minutes, and cost €1.30 in unleaded petrol.

Public transport – the RER and Metro combined via RER A to Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile then Metro line 6 to the station Bir-Hakeim – took 50 minutes door to door, including a 10-minute walk and cost €2.80. The journey was described as “tiring”.

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