The marathon and the Albi ’Ekiden’
Cité épiscopale d’Albi
The route of the Albi marathon, in April, and the ’Ekiden’ in October allow participants and spectators to discover the heart of the town of Albi as well as the Cathedral of Sainte-Cécile and its surroundings.
Each year Albi welcomes more than 1,500 runners, 20% from Albi itself and 40% from the other regions of France. Besides the spectacle, the marathon and the ’Ekiden’ contribute to the town’s economic dynamism.
The ’Ekiden’ is a challenge of Japanese origin, effectively a relay race for six competitors. In total the race is marathon length (42.195km). The six runners must complete legs of varying distances: 5km, 10km, 5km, 10km, 5km, 7.195km. They carry a scarf, called the ’tasuki,’ which is lighter than the traditional baton used in classic relays so as not to hamper the runner.
These convivial sporting events, the Albi marathon and the ’Ekiden,’ take place in the town every year.