As in any large, busy city, the way to avoid traffic during runs is to get up and get out before the city comes to life in the mornings.
The distance from ARC de TRIOMPHE, downhill along CHAMPS ÉLYSÉES to PLACE de la CONCORDE, then through JARDIN des TUILERIES to the Pyramid at MUSÉE du LOUVRE is approximately 3.25 km...cross over to the Left Bank and return westward along the Seine to EIFFEL TOWER and the total distance is approximately 6.75 km
Check out these for possible routes for morning runs--
Locals tend not to run the city streets. Sidewalks are narrow and running in the street can be daunting with cobble stones and oddly parked cars among the dog mess. So the go for parks. A map will tell you beter than I could, but the Bois de Boulogne is adjacent to the 16th and a very popular place for locals to run. As is the Champs de Mars at the Base of the Eiffel Tower.
Absolutely, under no circumstances, should you ever enter a park before full daylight, particularly the Bois de Boulogne.
Thanks, this is really helpful. The Champs/Left Bank run sounds good. It should keep me out of heavy traffic (foot, auto and bike), especially if I can drag my jet-lagged butt out of bed early enough. The link is very helpful too. Thanks!
My recommendation would be to head for Champs de Mars or Parc Ranelagh or the bicycle paths along the river, where there are no "concerns". Early in the morning, you could just jog down ave Kleber and around Place du Trocadero, along the riverside quais, along ave George V, Champs Elysees, and back.
Though, with all the walking/strolling one usually does in Paris, all day and night, I can't imagine the need to go jogging in the morning.
The joggers seem to keep to the parks rather than the sidewalks. The Luxembourg gardens always has lots of joggers going round in circles.
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