No.5 Marathon du Medoc
12 September 2015
The Marathon du Medoc is reminiscent of the Hash House Harriers tagline “Drinkers with a Running Problem!” When you think Marathon du Medoc you immediately think wine, running, wine and possibly more wine. The event combines sport, fun and health and for anyone who takes their running seriously, drinking wine while participating in a marathon is counter intuitive to say the least. And that’s not to mention the other delicacies along the course…. oysters, foie gras, cheese, steak and ice cream.
The annual event, near Bordeaux, France, is also famed for its annual themes – this year the theme is “Dressed up to the Nines” and participants never let the chance go by to dress up, celebrate and participate in the world’s best known marathon party. The marathon winds its way through the vineyards (nearly 60 of them) of Medoc showcasing enchanting villages, beautiful scenery and familiar names like Chateau Lafite Rothschild.
Helping you prepare for the marathon is a pre-race dinner on Friday evening at a Chateau, where food and wine (of course) is included. Saturday sees a few sore heads line up for the race and Sunday hosts a recovery walk and lunch at the Chateau. The event really is a three-day celebration of running, drinking, eating and friendship.
In and Around
Bordeaux has recently been voted “European Best Destination 2015” and is a dynamic, cosmopolitan city and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
Bordeaux is an inland city and the name is synonymous throughout the world with one thing – wine. If you want to taste the good stuff you’ll need to book well ahead in order to visit the famous wineries of the region but the good news is you can ship wines home in many instances.
Moving on from the wine there’s plenty of sightseeing options in Bordeaux: visit Palais Galien, the Roman amphitheatre where gladiatorial games were held 2000 years ago; walk across the Pont de Pierre, with its beautiful 17 arches; see the Grand Theatre, built on the site of a Roman temple and restored to is 18th century grandeur; and of course there is the mandatory fashion streets sporting French luxury brands. To soak up the atmosphere, stop at one of the many cafes, bistros and bars in the city.
As with so many places in France, the possibilities are endless when it comes to gourmet food, markets, wine, cheese, scenery, architecture, culture, museums and galleries.
Travelling to Bordeaux at a different time of year? The Bordeaux Metropole Marathon, run at night, is held in April.
Bordeaux is an ideal base for exploring further afield, just 45 minutes from Arcachon Bay famous for its seafood and beaches. The Basque Country and Spain are only 2 hours away and in 3hrs you can be on the ski slopes of the Pyrenees.
Air connections to Bordeaux are available through Paris major European hubs. There are plenty of connections via train and coach or simply hire a car and enjoy the French countryside.
How to Enter
RunFun Travel is the Official Partner for Australia and Entry and Accommodation Packages are still available for the 2015 event, this September.. Limited entries are available online but subscriptions for 2015 are now closed.
About Run Fun Travel
RunFun Travel is owned and managed by Fran Seton with support from her husband Dave Cundy. The business specialises in bringing together Fran and Dave’s two passions of marathon running and travel. Having been involved in running and marathons for over 30 years, they have contacts all over the world. It’s these contacts that enable them to bring new events to runners and this is what sets RunFun Travel apart . As well as being part of the travel industry, they are part of the worldwide running industry.
They have organised, run in and worked with marathons around the world – they know what runners want from an event and, more importantly, they are well placed to deliver it. While you do the training, they will do the organising to ensure your running experience delivers when it counts.
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