French marathon where runners get to stop for a sip of wine, eat cheese, steak and oyster along the route opens registration for the 25th year.
Nobody likes running, except for a few fitness and price-motivated enthusiasts. The activity is tedious and boring.
For anyone who’s fed up with the relentless solemnity of plodding around central London in the rain, gasping for air alongside thousands of unhappy, and unprepared joggers, there’s a marathon that might interest you.
The Marathon du Medoc takes around 8,500 runners through the picturesque vineyards of southwest France every year.
It’s an unusual 26.2-mile marathon where participants can wear fancy dressing.
Every year, thousands of participants from across the globe set off in their best costumes in the marathon. It involves a mix of characters, and the best and well-dressed participants receive awards.
For 2019, the theme for the fancy dressing is the ‘super heroes.’
Both female and male winners will receive a supply of beverage.
The organizers have also reported that the finishing line will be closed after 6 hours and 30 minutes. This timeframe is enough to allow everyone, even the beginners, to enjoy the marathon.
In the course of the race, runners come across oysters, wine tastes, steak, cheese, grapes, and ice cream.
There’re also musical performances from different bands.
However, if you wish to reach the finishing line, it’s wise to go easy on the wines and eats.
After the marathon, there’re celebrations in the evening with more wine, foods, and music.
This event is not all about running, drinking wine, and enjoying music. The participants also get the chance to explore the historical sites in the region and to enjoy breath-taking views.
Marathon du Medoc was founded in 1985. It takes its name from the Medoc wine-growing region, which is in the north of Bordeaux on France’s Atlantic coast.
The marathon route passes through the famous estates including Pauillac, St. Estephe, Julie-Beychevelle, as well as over 50 chateaux.
The fastest recorded time for the marathon is two hours and 26 minutes which was set by French athlete, Denis Mayaud, during the 2018 edition.
Runners are required to pay £75 as a starting cost. Other charges can be incurred if the participant wishes to attend an evening dinner or a six-mile walk on Sunday morning, after the race.
Medical assistance is also provided by 300 volunteers, who work in 15 different tents at different locations, and five mobile units. They attend for the unusual dietary regime of the runners.
This year’s Marathon Medoc edition will be held on Saturday, September 7.
At the end of the event, covering over 20 miles on foot isn’t mean achievement.
Just like any other physical exercise, Marathon du Medoc requires a clear mind and commitment before and during the race.
The context of this marathon is made easy and enjoyable by the prospect of almost unlimited wine tasting, oyster, cheese, steak bars at 38th and 39th kilometer.
Understanding the motive to participate in any marathon can be complicated. But if all marathons were just like Marathon du Medoc, many of us would get on board.