Few marathons are in a class of their own. Le Marathon des Chateaux du Medoc is one. Routed through 59 vineyards in the fabled villages of the Medoc region, this event appeals to the true connoisseur of fine runs.
The course reads more like a wine list than a race course: Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Lynch-Bages, Pichon Lonqueville, and Beychevelles among others. Don’t be surprised when you are asked at the aid stations, "red or white?" Of course, water is provided as well. In addition, each year you will find most runners dressed in costume! The 2019 theme is “Super Heroes". We know everyone will have fun with this one!
We offer an exclusive five-night package, which includes accommodations in Bordeaux, a welcome dinner and briefing, lectures on the history and classification system of Bordeaux wines, a pre-race dinner in a 500 year-old monastery, and the recovery wine tasting tour by foot (approx. a 9K walk) followed by lunch, and a celebration party. Our exclusive Gala Banquet will be hosted by Chateau Carbonnieux with a "Dubious Awards Ceremony" for the best costumes in the group.
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 program is limited to ensure the quality of service.
The trip is hosted by Thom Gilligan, Founder of Marathon Tours & Travel, who has guided this trip for 28 years and can provide you with a great education on the complex classification system of the wines of Bordeaux.
This was our 3rd trip with Marathon Tours, and we had a great time. We met so many fantastic people and that's what these things are all about... so thank you!
Wanted to run the marathon and tour Bordeaux -- and wanted to avoid the complex logistics of trying to organize this by myself. Best running vacation I ever had!