This piece originally appeared on Travel + Leisure.
Paris is romantic just by being Paris: the crooked cobblestone streets, the moon over the Seine, the accordion players on the metro. There's even a wall dedicated to love—"Le Mur des Je t'aime" at Place des Abbesses in Montmartre. For some, it's enough just to exist in the City of Light on February 14 without having to succumb to buying any long-stemmed roses, dark chocolate ganaches, or lily-scented perfumes for youramour. And for lovebirds on the hunt for something more, there are alternative ways to aim your bow and arrow this Cupid's Day.
Run for Your Love
The duo that runs together can literally stay together in the five-mile Love Run, where participants are bound at the wrist from start to finish. With couple activities and kooky challenges along the way, the V-Day event at the Bois de Boulogne, a large park just outside the périphérique of Paris, is sure to test a duo's physical—and emotional—stamina. Following the run, there will be a "Love Festival" complete with prizes, a photo booth, DJ, and cocktails.