France Was In The Air At New York Road Runners’ First Ever France Run (8k) With Lead Sponsor Air France
Air France was the lead partner of New York Road Runners’ (NYRR) first-ever France Run and festival welcoming more than 5,000 runners on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in Central Park.
Participants arrived in festive attire including wigs, berets, hues of the French Tricolore flag and signs reading, “Vive la France!” The France Run and festival was inspired by the dynamic French culture of running and Air France’s history of providing passengers with the unique opportunity to fuel their passion for the sport through Air France-KLM’s frequent flyer program’s Flying Blue Running Club.
Runners took their mark to the sound of the French-American Choir of New York singing the national anthems, “La Marseillaise” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Setting the event record, the top three men finished under 24 minutes with Diriba Degefa Yigezu of the West Side Runners finishing first in 23:50. Leading the women’s race and setting the event record, Angela Ortiz of the North Brooklyn Runners crossed the finish line at 29:10.
A kid’s race for children ages 2-12 followed the run and a festival showcasing the best of French culture attracted runners, their friends and families and passerbys.
The France Festival was held at the Naumburg Bandshell where runners and attendees enjoyed a variety of complimentary offerings by French vendors, including delicious refreshments like crepes, biscuits, fruit teas and fun activities to learn more about the country, culture and language. Runners were able to enter raffle drawings and win prizes, such as a trip to Paris, FIAF language learning course gift certificates and a 5-piece Le Creuset signature set. Air France tents featured free massages, face-painting, an interactive photo booth, personalized luggage tag makers and an area dedicated to the Flying Blue Running Club where participants could enroll in Flying Blue for a chance to win a trip for two to the Paris Marathon on April 3, 2016.
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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.