Stephen Chebogut will be considered one of the favourites to take top spot in the 2017 Paris Marathon this Sunday, considering he's one of only six men in the running to have clocked a personal best of under two hours and seven minutes.
However, the Kenyan star has a seasoned batch of runners alongside him in the hunt for the men's crown, including countrymen Mark Kiptoo and Gilbert Koech, each of whom will also be among the front-runners in Sunday's race.
Meanwhile, Kenyan Visiline Jepkesho will be hoping to make it onto the Paris podium for the third year in succession, having won the race in 2016 and placed third with a personal-best time the year before that.
However, compatriot and Commonwealth champion Flomena Cheyech will be looking to rain on her parade as she seeks to reclaim the title she won in 2014, meaning we could see our first repeat champion since Atsede Baysa in 2009-10.
Read on to find all the vital schedule information you'll need ahead of Sunday's Paris Marathon, complete with links to route information and a more in-depth preview of this weekend's elite race.
Date: Sunday, April 9
Time: 8:20 a.m. (Local), 7:20 a.m. (BST), 2:20 a.m. (ET)
A full map of the race route is available on the event’s official website.
Running is a difficult pursuit for many of us most of the time, but participants in the 2017 Paris Marathon will have the pleasure of taking in one of the world's most beautiful courses when they take on the 26.2-mile route this Sunday.
The athletes will set off eastward along the Avenue des Champs-Elysees, turning at the Route De La Pyramide before heading back west for the finish line at Porte Dauphine, comprising some glamorous sights along the way.
Sponsors Schneider Electric supplied a virtual route of the course in question, which will allow runners to see such views as the Notre Dame cathedral and, of course, the Eiffel Tower:
Alongside other capital city races such as the London Marathon and Berlin Marathon, Paris is largely regarded as one of the most prestigious venues in the world for a meeting of this magnitude.
According to the event's official Twitter account, more than 41,000 runners were in the French city to take part in last year's outing, a figure those hosting will be hoping to beat in 2017:
Chebogut comes into the 2017 showdown alongside highly favoured compatriots Kiptoo and Koech, although neither has tasted victory in this race before and may fancy their odds of bucking that trend in 2017.
The odds are improved even further considering reigning champion Cyprian Kotut won't be around to defend his title after claiming the 2016 throne with a time of two hours, seven minutes and 11 seconds.
It's also worth pointing out that was the slowest winning time the Paris Marathon has produced since Qatar's Shami Mubarak won in 2011, meaning we could see a major improvement if conditions allow this Sunday.
Jepkesho is the women's favourite after rallying to victory in 2016, although she too ran a slow time of two hours, 25 minutes and 53 seconds, which was the slowest winning women's time in more than a decade (2006).
Ethiopian Yebrqual Melese will be breathing down Jepkesho's neck after running a personal best of two hours, 23 minutes and 13 seconds in Dubai in January, hoping to stop Kenya from winning back-to-back women's marathons for the first time since 2003-04.
Figures and statistics courtesy of the IAAF website.