- ABOUT THE SPOT
Le Parcour / Free Running in Paris, Île-de-France, Ile-de-France France
Paris is the birthplace of an impressive sport that takes place in the entire city. Le Parkour is a holistic training discipline which uses movements that were developed out of military obstacle course training.
Parkour athletes’ aim is to move quickly and efficiently through the surroundings, using only their body to propel themselves while negotiating obstacles in between.
It is a non competitive sport which may be performed as an obstacle course, but most of the times is being practiced as a creative and sometimes playful subversion or reinterpretation of urban spaces. The original name was parcours but it changed because in its new form is more dynamic and stronger. In Paris parkour is like a form of art.
Anyone can practice parkour by having the proper physical and mental condition. Parkour athletes in Paris use climbing, jumping, running, vaulting, quadrupedal movements, rolling and sometimes even swimming if the moves are suitable for the situation. Stairs, curbs, rails, scaffolds, street lighting even the street itself are some of the obstacles you might meet.
Paris itself is a huge arena for parkour training. It is the ideal location for parkour because of the magnificent scenery of the City of Lights.