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Air France Is Proud To Be Lead Partner Of New York Road Runners’ Second Annual France Run (8k) And Festival

July 27, 2016 Sports No Comments Email Email

AirfanceAir France will be the lead partner of New York Road Runners’ (NYRR) second annual France Run on Sunday, August 21 in Central Park. The popular and sold out France Run is inspired by the sport’s popularity in France and the United States, the historic relationship between the two countries (including Air France’s 70 years of connecting Paris and New York) and Air France’s legacy of supporting the running passions of its frequent-fliers through its Flying Blue Running Club.

The 8K (approximately five miles) run will begin at 8:00 a.m., and will be followed by kids’ races for children ages 2-12 years old at 9:45 a.m. A festival showcasing French culture will be up throughout the event, open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The  France Run is a qualifier for the TCS New York City Marathon through the NYRR 9+1 Program, but visitors don’t have to run to enjoy the French festival on race day.

Although the race cannot accommodate additional runners, the public is invited to enjoy the France Festival which takes place at the Naumburg Bandshell, located mid-park between 66th and 72nd Streets, throughout the duration of the event. The festival will feature a variety of complimentary offerings by French vendors, including delicious refreshments and fun activities to learn more about the country, culture and language. There will also be opportunities for runners to enter raffle drawings and win prizes, such as a trip to Paris. Runners who want to participate in the raffle may do so by removing the raffle part of their bib and putting it in a designated NYRR container onsite. Dedicated Air France tents will be set up at the festival featuring something for everyone including free massages for runners, a children’s area with face-painting and an interactive photo booth.  There will also be a tent dedicated to the Flying Blue Running Club where participants can enroll in Flying Blue for a chance to win a trip for two to the Paris Marathon on April 9, 2017. 

“Air France is delighted to once again be the lead partner of the France Run, a celebration of the athletic spirit and the close relationship that exists between France and the United States,” said Eric Caron, VP and General Manager of the United States. “Air France is proud of its legacy of supporting running, a global sport that brings people together through their shared dedication to pushing the limits of endurance and crossing the finish line.” 

“New York Road Runners is excited to work with our partner Air France to bring back the France Run to Central Park,” said Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of New York Road Runners. “The France Run is an inclusive family-friendly event with races for both adults and kids that bring our diverse running community together to celebrate health and fitness alongside French culture.”

To find out more about the France Run and festival, visit and follow #FranceRunNYC.

Air France in New York

On July 1, 1946, Air France started direct flights between Paris and New York, with refueling stops in Ireland and Canada, covering the route in just under 20 hours. Today, Air France makes six trips a day between New York and Paris, with an average flight time of 7.5 hours. In 2003, Air France merged with KLM Royal Dutch to become the largest airline in the world in terms of operating revenues, and is recognized in the industry today as a leader in sustainable development.

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