Marathon du Medoc – the ultimate race for wine lovers

09th September, 2016
Self-described as the world’s longest marathon (relating to time rather than distance), the Marathon du Medoc is a race with a quintessentially French twist. As the runners make their way around the course, they are offered a variety of gourmet food and wine, easing them through their gruelling run to the finish line.

Taking place this year on September 10, the Marathon du Medoc is based in the town of Pauillac, located near Bordeaux in south-west France. More than 10,000 participants run the marathon every year, with around 40,000 people rejected annually, such is the event’s popularity.

Like with many other marathons, several of the runners don colourful or amusing costumes to help entertain the crowds of spectators who line the route cheering them on throughout the 26 mile circuit. Along the way, the much-anticipated pit stops offer all kinds of French delicacies ranging from sea food to ice cream, all washed down with numerous glasses of fine wine.

Although the food and wine refuels the runners, it can also make them feel a little sluggish, which explains the generous six and a half hours given to participants to complete the race. Many of the runners come not to set a lightning-fast time but to enjoy the experience and a truly unique running race.

If you’ve never thought of running a marathon before, maybe the Marathon du Medoc has changed your mind? You can also opt to avoid the running and simply enjoy the delicious food and wine on offer by in the surrounding Bordeaux region by booking one of our luxury French chateau holidays.

Image: Kinolamp, available under Creative Commons