MARATHON DU MEDOC
September 7, 2013
"The most fun that you can have running a marathon."
Few marathons are in a class of their own. Le Marathon des Chateaux du Medoc on September 7, 2013 is one. Routed through 59 vineyards in the fabled villages of the Medoc region, this event appeals to the true connoisseur of fine runs. Where else do they ask you at the aid stations, "red or white Madame?" Thankfully there is plain water if you so choose. Watch a video.
Over half of the field dresses up in costume and every year there is a new theme.
The course reads more like a wine list than a race course: Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Lynch-Bages, Pichon Lonqueville, Beychevelles among others. Accommodations are always a challenge since the 8,000 runners overwhelm the small villages directly north of Bordeaux. We limit the number of guests on this trip to insure the quality of service.
A five-night package includes accommodations in Bordeaux. Invitations are included to the pre-race "Milles Pate Party" and the next-day recovery walk which is more a 9K wine tasting tour by foot followed by a lunch and celebration party. Our exclusive Gala Banquet will be hosted by Chateau Bouscaut in a 15th century main house with a wine tasting followed by a gastronomic celebration featuring typical Bordelais fare in an exceptional setting at the property.
This trip appeals to those as interested in stimulating their palate as well as their hamstrings. Chateaux visits with wine tasting are scheduled in Pauillac, St. Julien, Margaux and St. Emilion.
This celebration of wine and running is a blend of comedic exercise unique to the French. Where else could you be passed by a bunch of grapes, a cork and Cirano de Bergerac in a staggering sprint to the finish?