Marathon du Medoc

Marathon du Medoc2020-03-11T09:41:26+00:00
  • Date
    10-14 September 2020
  • Location
    Pauillac, France
  • Distance
    42 Km's

Guaranteed Entries for Marathon du Medocsell out FAST, the race is capped at 8,500 Runners from around the World and over 30,000 try to enter each year. BOOK in January 2020 to secure your place.

Marathon du Medoc is the most entertaining Marathon in the World! The fancy dress theme of the 36th Marathon on Saturday 12 September 2020 in Pauillac, Bordeaux, France is ‘Cinema’

Medoc Marathon is packed with fabulous fun and entertainment all weekend. Known as the slowest Marathon in the world 06:30 with ca . 8,500 competitors you have time to savor this Marathon and will need it!

The Marathon du Médoc is a very unusual French marathon in Pauillac Bordeaux area, created in 1985, held every year in September through the vineyards of the Medoc in the Gironde. Known as “the longest Marathon in the world” because the race is interspersed with several activities: musical breaks with 50 orchestras scattered around the course, 23 wine tastings stops at various Chateaux, with oyster tasting at the 38th kilometer, and steak at the 39th kilometer. You won’t end this Marathon feast, thirsty or hungry!

Bordeaux is an area well know for its Chateaux & Vineyards, you run through more than 50 of them in your fancy dress, do multiple wine tasting at the refreshment tables, eat cheese, oysters, fruit, biscuits, steak, croissants, ice cream, nuts and raisins ++ its a real feast!, pass through 52 animation points with music and orchestras. There are Pasta Party options on the Friday and a Vineyard walking tour on the Sunday.

If its on your bucket list tag a friend and let us know. Everyone loves it and so do we.

Mercure Bordeaux Lac hotel 4* – Travel Package

Our hotel borders an attractive lake were you can soak up the sun, jog or sail.  The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and a terrace. It offers air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Each guest room also has a private bathroom with a shower. Free Wi-Fi access is provided in the entire Mercure Bordeaux Lac. Brasserie au 33 restaurant serves traditional French cuisine and a wide range of wines. Breakfast is served every morning.

Bordeaux Casino is just a 2-minute walk from The Mercure Bordeaux Lac and Parc des Expositions Line C tram stop is a 5-minute walk away. Bordeaux City Centre is 4 km away

  • Bordeaux Airport (BOD) to Bordeaux Lac Hotel 16 km / 35 minutes – Taxi
  • Gare de Bordeaux Saint-Jean (train station) to Bordeaux Lac hotel: Drive 10 Km or catch the tram C to Palais des Congres 40 minutes, includes a short walk to the hotel.

Close to Bordeaux and its impressive array of tourist attractions, the Mercure Bordeaux Le Lac is your gateway to discover the charms of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, the great food and exceptional wines.

Marathon du Medoc Itinerary 4 Nights / 5 Days 

  • This is a sample 4 night itinerary as 3 and 2 night stays are also available
  • Some activities are at an *additional cost, please refer to package price details, inclusions and options

Day 1. Thursday 10 September 2020 – ARRIVAL

Arrive in Bordeaux, hotel check-in. Your race entry number will be at your hotel on arrival.
Explore Bordeaux, the local surroundings and taste some of the famous French wines.
Your evening is at leisure (we may arrange a joint dinner with the group on the day)

Day 2. Friday 11 September 2020 – MORE ARRIVALS (per day 1) & Chateau Pasta Party Dinner

Before breakfast we will enjoy an optional short team jog.
Day at leisure to explore Bordeaux and do some shopping and enjoy French cuisine.

Options for the afternoon:

*15h30 à 17h30 Sports medical seminar at the tourism office (free for all to attend, transport for own account)

*16h00 transfer departs to the Chateau for your Pasta Dinner.

*18h30 Pasta-Party commences at the Chateau. Bookings are limited to 1450 people and you must wear your entry bracelet provided to gain entrance to the function. Registration voucher is to be presented on entrance. Dinner will be served at 20.00. Music & Entertainment at Dinner and fireworks at 23h00

*19h00 Alternative option “Pâtes-à-Caisse” meal in the Saint Estèphe festival hall

*Return transfers to the hotel

Day 3. Saturday 12 September 2020 – MARATHON DU MEDOC!

After an early runners breakfast at approximately 06h30 you will be transferred from the hotel to the start.
The Marathon du Medoc officially starts at 09h30.
09h15 Start Animations
09h30 Marathon du Medoc Official start
09h30 – 11h30 Animations in the village and along the Marathon route – at every KM!
16h00 Prize Giving
19h00 Dinner at leisure to celebrate with friends

For those that remain in Pauillac for the evening:
21h00 L’orchestre Tropica provides free entertainment
22h30 Fireworks display
23h00 Dance your feet off!

Day 4. Sunday 13 September 2020 – CHATEAU RECOVERY WALK & LUNCH

*Transfer to the Chateau

*10h00 Enjoy a relaxing walk (approx 10 km) through the vineyards with several wine tastings during the walk, generally attended by 4000 people
*12h00-14h00 Lunch is served and the outing concludes at 15h30
*15h30 Return transfer to your hotel and dinner at leisure

Day 5. Monday 14 September 2020 – DEPARTURE

Breakfast at your hotel
Checkout and settle your extra accounts
Transfer to Airport

All prices are subject to currency fluctuations EUR-ZAR


3 NIGHTS: 11-14 Sept 2020

RUNNERS R9,125 DOUBLE or TWIN ROOM, per person sharing a room /  R12,600 SINGLE ROOM, per person sole occupancy of a  room

SUPPORTERS R7,275 DOUBLE or TWIN ROOM,  per person sharing a room  / R10,700 SINGLE ROOM, per person sole occupancy of a  room

4 NIGHTS: 10-14 Sept 2020

RUNNERS R10,950 DOUBLE or TWIN ROOM,  per person sharing a room /  R15,150 SINGLE ROOM, per person sole occupancy of a  room

SUPPORTERS R9,125 DOUBLE or TWIN ROOM,  per person sharing a room  / R13,200 SINGLE ROOM, per person sole occupancy of a  room


What’s included in your package

  • RACE ENTRY for Marathon du Medoc (Runners only)
  • Race Entry BIB is delivered to your hotel
  • Hotel accommodation (per dates specified 2, 3 or 4 nights), Mercure Bordeaux Lac 4*
  • All hotel taxes
  • Breakfast daily

Optional Extras (additional cost) – Advance Bookings are essential as sells out very fast

  • Mille Pates Dinner at Chateau & Return transfers (Friday) R1,500 per person (Limited, essential to book early)
  • Return Race Day Transfers (Saturday) R500 per person / alternative option catch the train to Pauillac and hope there is no strike! (transfer duration approx 1 hour)
  • Recovery Vineyard Walk with Lunch. Walk for runners and supporters at Chateau (Sunday) R1,500 per person (Limited, essential to book early)

What’s not included

  • Flights (available on request) / TGV – High speed train
  • Arrival & Departure transfers to / from your hotel in Bordeaux (by taxi  from/to airport or 40 min tram from/to Bordeaux train station)
  • Travel Insurance (necessary for international travel & available on request)
  • Medical certificate from your doctor essential to run in this race (Race medical form available)
  • Visa (assistance available on request)
  • Gratuity & Tips
  • Your fancy dress outfit for the race – Cinema theme!
  • Items not mentioned  above in inclusions

Mercure Bordeaux Lac Hotel 4*


The route crosses the vineyards and chateaux of Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Saint-Estèphe, Médoc and Haut-Médoc, beginning and ending in Pauillac. The marathon, known internationally, is famous for its festive atmosphere. The marathon runners run in costume and the theme changes annually. Part of the race is off road.


The Marathon du Medoc runs through 59 vineyards along village roads, to chateaux and starts and finishes in the small town of Pauillac. Wine is served at the refreshments stations as well as more traditional refreshments and french delicacies are in abundance!

Easy course with a mixture of road and some gravel through the vineyards full of ripening grapes.


We offer Guaranteed Entries to this race. It sells out very fast as the race is capped at 8,500 and over 30, 000 runners apply each year. Guaranteed Entry packages must be confirmed by 10 February 2020 to secure your Entry.


Optional Private coach transfers from Bordeaux where the bulk of runners stay as Pauillac is a very small town. Transfer is approximately 1 hour. Alternative is to catch the train from Bordeaux to Pauillac if there is no strike – French national sport!


20+ years for the Marathon


Included in race package, Guaranteed entry


Starting and finishing in the small town of Pauillac, the route trails past breathtaking chateaux and through endless vineyards


Marathon 42 Km:

Cut-off time: 06:30


Race pack is delivered to your hotel, on your arrival day, not necessary to go to race registration in  Pauillac (as 1 hours travel). Includes race number (bib) and T-shirt


22 Refreshments stations are provided along the route with a great choice of french pastries, wine, entrecote, oysters, ice cream, nuts, biscuits and non alcoholic refreshments. .


For races in France it is compulsory to provide a medical certificate certified by your doctor. Please ask for the form your doctor should complete in 2020 and this must be submitted to us well in advance. No medical certificate – no BIB to run!

Medical support provided by the Organisers


A surprise gift for finishers + some wine! + a medal


  • Specific Event Terms & Conditions apply as per Race Organisers
  • Standard Sports Adventure tours Terms and Conditions Apply


50% on booking confirmation

Balance of payment due by 30 May 2020

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