Iconic marathons and races in Nice

Iconic marathons and races in Nice

Have you got back into working out? Do you want to push yourself? Or do you just want to have fun? You've come to the right place! Whether you're a Sunday runner or a keen athlete, the Best Western Plus Hôtel Masséna has chosen 4 of Nice's biggest races and marathons. You're bound to find the challenge that you want to tackle starting on the Promenade des Anglais, just a 3 minute walk from our 4* hotel. On your marks, get set, Go!


Distance : 10km

Fancy kicking off the year with a sporting challenge? The Prom’ Classic is one of the region's most popular sporting events with up to 10,000 runners at every race. You can be timed or not, the choice is yours! That's why runners of all abilities love it. You have to run the length of the fabulous Promenade des Anglais and back again. The views are so amazing you almost forget you're in a race. The atmosphere is buzzing, everyone's in a good mood, the weather's always great... it's the best way to kick off the New Year!

Join the teams from the Hôtel Masséna and Summer Hotels group on the start line! You get a great medal at the finish line.

The Summer Hotels teams at the Prom Classic - Credit : Summer Hotels
Distance : 1km, 1.5km, 5km, 10km, 21km

The Nice Half Marathon is another of the region's biggest sporting events. Runners race in an idyllic setting on the Promenade des Anglais. Place Masséna plays host to the Running Village throughout the race weekend. The village celebrates the world of running and you can meet the race partners here.

There are different runs to suit your mood and ability.

Haribo Family Run: A 1.5km active walk ideal for family fun time! Once you reach the finish line you get Haribo sweets to reward your effort. There's also a special Haribo run for 1-13 year olds (1.5km) and one for 7-9 year olds (1km). All race entrants get a goodie bag: special 30th anniversary collector's t-shirt, Haribo cap and more.

There's also a 5km run (timed or not), a 10km run and the legendary half marathon (21.1km). Which will you tackle?


Distance : 3.6km swim, 180km bike ride, 42.1km run

The Nice Ironman is a world famous triathlon and one of the toughest sporting events around. With a swim in the Mediterraneanrun on the Promenade des Anglais and bike ride in the Nice hinterland, the Ironman is your chance to have a once in a lifetime sporting adventure in a dream location. The triathletes start on Plage du Centenaire beach in Nice then swim for 3.8km, ride from the Promenade des Anglais to the hills around Nice (Vallée du Loup, Col de l’Ecre etc.) and end with a 42km run on the Promenade des Anglais. Action-packed!

The start of the Ironman in Nice - Credit : Summer Hotels 
Distance : 20km, 42km 

With over 150,000 runners from 60 nations since launching in 2008, the French Riviera Marathon is one of the most popular marathons in FranceThe seaside race in the warm Riviera weather has earned the French Riviera Marathon its fair share of fans. The route starts on the Promenade des Anglais and runs along the coast to La Croisette. Runners zip through Saint-Laurent-du-Var, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Villeneuve-Loubet, Antibes Juan-les-Pins, Vallauris Golfe-Juan and last but not least, Cannes. 

The race is open to pairs (2 x 21.1km), relay runners and para athletes.


The Hôtel Masséna is the perfect place to stay for your race or marathon as it's just a 3 minute walk from the Promenade des Anglais. It's a prime location for runners as it's so close to the start line. We serve special breakfasts to fuel you during your fitness challenges. Tuck into a wide range of sweet and savoury items so you're ready and raring to go. You can count on a good night's sleep in our premium bedding so you can give the race your all!

The Hotel Massena breakfast in your comfort room - Credit : Summer Hotels
The Hotel Massena breakfast in your comfort room - Credit : Summer Hotels

Running a race or marathon on the Côte d’Azur is a good excuse to spend a weekend in Nice and visit the fabulous beachesiconic museums and best restaurants in the region. No matter your ability or mood, you're bound to find the right challenge for you in Nice. The Côte d’Azur's setting between the sea and mountains gives you spectacular views so you can see another side to the region during your run. Get your trainers on!