On November 10, 2013, the sixth edition of the Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes Nice Cannes saw 12,500 competitors from around the world compete on a course of 42.195 km.
Organized by Azur Sport Organisation in partnership with the General Council of the Alpes-Maritimes, the Marathon Nice Cannes started from the Promenade des Anglais in Nice and arrived on the Croisette in Cannes, via Saint-Laurent-du-Var, Cagnes-sur Mer, Villeneuve- Loubet , the Cap d’ Antibes, Antibes Juan-les-Pins and Golfe-Juan.
The most beautiful sights
This sporting event with its exclusively coastal route ran along the most beautiful sights of the French Riviera is now the largest in France, behind the Paris Marathon.
The Marathon Nice Cannes kick off was given at 8am in poor weather. Sometimes, a west wind blowing over 80km/hour burst did not discourage the 30,000 spectators gathered early in the morning along the route.
Everyone had come to applaud their favorite champion, whether family, friend, Kenyan or Ethiopian. Some competitors had yet the desire and determination to do better than last year, but their hopes were quickly dashed as the fight against the wind, this last minute guest, was difficult.
From the start of the race, favorites pulled by pacemakers immediately took over the control.
In the last quarter of the course, a quartet of three Ethiopians and a Kenyan (Sori, Telo, Zeleke and Kurgat) had already emerged.
Ten kilometers from the finish, they are only two.
Thanks to a good race strategy, Abdisa Sori (3rd at 2012 Dublin Marathon) won the Marathon Nice Cannes with a time of 2h13 in the end. After a permanent and exhausting battle against the weather elements, he outsprinted his compatriot Edeo Telo.
Ethiopian Sharew Yared, the great favorite of the marathon, arrived third in 2h14. The first woman, favorite Salina Jebet (Kenya), finished in 2h41. Note the good performance of Celine Bousrez (Running in Pays de Grasse) with his fourth place who was the first European woman to cross the finish line in Cannes.
Behind the pack of champions from the highlands of East Africa, a nice surprise for the audience with the arrival in the top 10 of the François Holzerny from Nice, a good performance with the time of 2h30, earned against the strength of the wind for this double champion of France, veteran of the specialty that has kept this title in Toulouse 15 days ago.
A great performance for David Lisnard, First Deputy to the Mayor of Cannes, who achieved a more than respectable time of 3h13.