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Runners in action during the Route du Louvre

The alliance between sport and culture - a valuable asset

The aim of the Route du Louvre was the organisation of a fun sporting event linking the Lille metropolitan area with the coal-mining area, using the site of the future Louvre-Lens museum. The first edition in 2006 counted thousands of participants, heralding a successful future for the event. Marathon, races for all participants, walks and cultural visits in the areas crossed by the race, all in a festive and lively atmosphere. The event, organised by the Nord-Pas de Calais athletics league proudly represents the region in the organisation of high-level sporting events. An alliance between sporting performance and the discovery of heritage - this is undoubtedly the secret to the success of this event which has become an absolute must in 10 years.

Going past the Louvre-Lens museum
  • Runners in front of the Louvre-Lens museum
  • © Région Nord-Pas de Calais - cadichd

Challenges at every level!

There is something for everyone at the Route du Louvre. Both experienced athletes and beginners will find satisfaction. For the more experienced, an international 42 kilometre marathon links Lille and Loos-en-Gohelle, going through many towns in the region. There are also marathon relays for 2 or 6 people which leave from Lille. Of course it is the 10 kilometres in the coal-mining area which has the most participants. It leaves from Lens and finishes on the 11/19 site in Loos-en-Gohelle. The difficult climb during the last kilometre of these races generates a frenetic atmosphere, with enthusiastic displays of encouragement from spectators to help participants make it to the finish line.  The walks to discover the regional territory are also very popular.

Running along the Deûle during the Route du Louvre
  • Running along the Deûle
  • © Région Nord-Pas de Calais - cadichd

A celebration of sport above all

The Route du Louvre is above all a major regional celebration. There is entertainment and activities along the route - each town of village crossed by the race celebrates its arrival. To celebrate culture, there is a reproduction of a work from the Louvre at each kilometre along the route. It is also the great celebration on the 11/19 base in Loos-en-Gohelle where there is a real village at the finish line where sport, health, culture and heritage are represented by all the activities. Giants, carnival-goers, and concert bands participate, traditional games are a must, tastings of regional produce are organised, and even canopy tours and freestyle bag... Each stand is more original than the next, to attract passer-bys of all ages. Sports enthusiasts or not, the event is worth a visit.

The village at the Route du Louvre finish line
  • The village at the Route du Louvre finish line
  • © Région Nord-Pas de Calais

For more information

Practical information

Find all the practical information for the Route du Louvre: registration, results, photographs, partners, rules, transport, etc. at