The 42nd Paris Marathon will be run on Sunday, taking in 26 miles of France's capital city. The world-renowned race will again feature Paul Lonyangata in the men's event, while Amane Gobena is sure to be a strong contender in the women's race.
Lonyangata proved his talent by finishing first a year ago. However, the Kenyan faces a strong lineup of competitors this time, including Ethiopian duo Yemane Tsegay and Markos Geneti.
Here are the schedule details for race day:
Date: Sunday, April 8
Time: 8:20 a.m. (local time), 7:20 a.m. BST, 2:20 a.m. ET
The course map is available, per the race's official website.
The A.S.O. Challenges official YouTube channel offers a visual breakdown of the route:
The route is a daunting one at 42.195 kilometres in length. It begins at the Avenue des Champs-Elysees, where the starting line will be located for all 57,000 registered competitors.
Things are set to finish at the Avenue Foch. In between, runners will pass historic sites such as the Louvre and the Place de la Bastille, where the infamous Bastille prison was located until late in the 18th century.
The race will also pass the Pont Neuf and the iconic Eiffel Tower, as well as going alongside the River Seine. It's a scenic route but a demanding one.
Lonyangata finished in two hours, six minutes and 10 seconds in 2017. It was good enough to beat Stephen Chebogout, but it might not be sufficient to see off Tsegay and Geneti this year.
Both runners have a strong pedigree, with Tsegay setting a personal-best time of 2:04:48 when he won in Rotterdam in 2012, per the IAAF official website. The 32-year-old was also victorious in the Fukuoka International Marathon in 2016.
Geneti's experience includes winning the 2011 Los Angeles Marathon before finishing third in Dubai one year later by posting an impressive time of 2:04:54.
Gobena is in good form this year, having the won the Tata Mumbai Marathon in January. She now has "eight wins from 22 starts over the classic distance" to her credit, according to the IAAF official website.
While the Ethiopian will be considered one of the favourites, Ruth Chepngetich will also be one to watch. She grabbed attention with a spectacular performance at the Vodafone Istanbul Marathon in November.
Chepngetich broke the Turkish all-comers' record with room to spare by finishing in 2:22:36. Still just 23, the Kenyan has a strong case to finish first in the City of Lights.
Last year's race created a surprise when favourite Chebogout was beaten to the finish line. More than a few outside contenders will be confident about making history in 2018.