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Follow the route of the world’s booziest marathon

Posted on 22 August 2018 by

Follow the route of the world’s booziest marathon

This September, one of the world’s craziest marathons takes place in the Médoc close to Domaine de Soulac.

Runners at the marathon du Medoc

The Marathon du Medoc (8 September) features a running route that is one of the world’s most beautiful, meandering through the celebrated vineyards around the famous wine estates of Pauillac, St. Julien-Beychevelle and St. Estèphe, and past more than 50 chateaux.

Runners at the start line at the Marathon du Medoc

Every year 8,500 runners line up at the start, with around 90% wearing fancy dress. The event theme is wine, sports, fun and health, so runners can enjoy vintage wines at the 21 drink stops, plus regional specialities including oysters, cheese and ice-cream – this is not a race for setting a personal best!

Making a toast at the Marathon du Medoc

Along the 26.2 mile route there will also be 53 music groups to spur the runners on, with cheering children dressed up in their own fancy dress.

Runners in fancy dress at the Marathon du Medoc

The marathon festivities start on the Friday before race day, with a Thousand Pastas food festival for runners to load up with carbohydrates. After the race there are celebrations through the evening, with bands and local producers supplying more food and drink.

If you’d like to soak up the special atmosphere by tracing the race route at a sedate pace and taking the week to explore the local wine producers as they harvest their grapes for the season, before enjoy the marathon spectacle on 8 September, you can currently save 50% on a September holiday at Domaine de Soulac. Prices now start from £206, down from £413, for up to six people staying seven nights from 2 September. Return flights from Gatwick to Bordeaux are £114pp with Easyjet.

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