The Castle Run Series - Château de Chantilly

Chantilly, France

Organiser's Description

The Castle Triathlon Series makes its yearly pilgrimage over the English Channel in August for the fifth race of the 2019 series. Set over the UK bank holiday weekend at the end of August, the racing will take place in the spectacular and historic town of Chantilly, just a 2.5hrs drive from Calais and 40 miles North of Paris.

The Half Marathon will see competitors undertake 2 laps of a spectator friendly, almost entirely off road 10.5k circuit. Starting in the formal gardens with the Chateau as a backdrop, competitors initially head off on the internal estate tracks towards Porte Vaillant, one of the main gates on the eastern edge of the estate. The 10k follows the same route but only requires the participants to complete one loop.

Distances

13.1 mile, 10 km

Chantilly is a 2.5hr drive from Calais and 40 miles North of Paris.

Starting in the formal gardens with the Chateau as a backdrop, competitors initially head off on the internal estate tracks towards Porte Vaillant, one of the main gates on the eastern edge of the estate. Then, heading North and after passing the otherworldly Wallaby Enclosure, runners will circumnavigate Parc de Syvlie (a woodland garden) before arriving, after 4K, at Grille de Honor, the main spectator entrance to the Chateau. A small cobbled section is then followed by a 5K circuit of the World famous Hippodrome de Chantilly (racecourse). After passing the Museum of Horse and re-entering the estate at the Grille de Jeu de Paume participants then have a 1.5K ramble through the Jardin Anglais and back into the formal gardens. With the finish line in sight, runners take the left hand fork, cross the formal gardens and ascend the ramp to transition before completing a 2nd lap of the same circuit. On completion of the 2nd lap, competitors turn right onto the finishing straight with the world-famous chateau backdrop, to receive their medal and classy finishing line banquet!

The 10k is one lap the half marathon is two laps.

All competitors in all races will receive a medal on completion of their race.

Competitors’ supporters can gain free entry to this event It is essential for them to present their spectator ticket in order to do so.

The historic Castle grounds are open for exploration, with lakeside walks and nature and wildlife spotting just some of the options for spectators to partake in.

A variety of locally-sourced foods, with succulent hog roasts and wood fired pizza just two of the highlights, with a huge variety of refreshments for competitors and spectators alike.

All Castle Triathlon Series races will feature a bumper event village offering the latest triathlon wares.

A festival theme with live music, a climbing wall, children’s inflatables, yoga and an array of retail outlets and concessions.

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