Meet Paris’ Favorite Running Guide

  • Pichon poses in front of the hotel at Christmastime.

    Pichon poses in front of the hotel at Christmastime.

  • The Eiffel Tower is one of the many sites on the running tour's route.

    The Eiffel Tower is one of the many sites on the running tour's route.

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As the saying goes, we’ll always have Paris, but guests at the Four Seasons Hotel George V can have it up and running at sunrise, thanks to Frédéric Pichon. The hotel’s director of security of 14 years, Pichon leads hour-long Run My City tours every Tuesday, running along the Seine past eight iconic landmarks, all before breakfast.

My job has no routine…which is exactly what makes working in hospitality so gripping. We can ensure that an arrival or departure is done incognito; hospitalize a celebrity with complete confidentiality; and obtain visas and renew passports in a matter of hours.

I created Run My City because…I have reached the age when one wants to share more than learn, and I wanted to share Paris with our guests in an unusual way—to watch the sun rise over its architecture, to be part of the Parisian morning magic.

Our present route is…nine kilo-meters along the Seine, past the Eiffel Tower, the Trocadéro Gardens, the Champs de Mars, the Louvre, the Tuileries, and the Champs-Élysées. Before returning to the hotel, we stop for coffee and croissants at this small bistro where dustmen and clerks like to sit and catch up on the news.

Pleasure, not pain…is the goal of these outings. Whether it is someone who had a long, romantic night or a businessman squeezing in a workout before a 9 a.m. meeting, each guest is promised a comfortable pace. —as told to Gabrielle Lipton

This article originally appeared in the February/March print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Fancy Footwork”)

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