Marathon Du Medoc Tour AKA The Wine Marathon! France, September 8-14 2022
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Wine, adventure, a fun group, and a wild time. Sounds like the perfect trip to me! If you’ve been wanting to get fit (or you already are), or perhaps a marathon is on your bucket list, then this is the perfect excuse. My Marathon Du Medoc Tour, September 2022.
Ok, ok. You have no idea what I’m talking about right? I explain more down below, but in a nutshell, each year in the Bordeaux region of France, about 8000 people (mostly in fancy dress) ‘run’ the Marathon Du Medoc. The race is run through the vineyards of Medoc. And roughly at each mile there is a refueling station. Except the refuel isn’t electrolytes and energy bars. It’s wine. And also oysters, cheese and steak sometimes. And more wine.
It is a real marathon. 26 miles/42.2km. So you do need to be in some kinda shape, but it’s not so serious. I’ve wanted to do it for A DECADE. But talk is cheap, so rather than waiting for friends to make it happen, I’ve decided to make it happen. And build a trip around it. Bordeaux, the Marathon Du Medoc, then north to Paris. Day trip to the Champagne region to celebrate our Marathon exploits. Done. So, who wants to join me?!
Table of contents
- Marathon Du Medoc Tour AKA The Wine Marathon! France, September 8-14 2022
- Tell Me More!
- What is the Marathon Du Medoc?
- My Marathon Du Medoc Itinerary
- Marathon Du Medoc Tour Dates
- Marathon Du Medoc Tour Price
- More about the Marathon:
- What’s included/Not included in the tour?
Tell Me More!
I know, I know. Normally my trips are to places like Mauritania, Central African Republic, or the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, as I mention in every podcast I do, and I hope you guys can see it from my blog posts, but life always comes first for me. Ahead of business, ahead of money. I run trips to wild places because I love adventure travel. But, I also love drunken escapades with cool people! Combine that with having something to focus on, to keep us fit, something to aim for, that’s the sweet spot right there. And so this trip was born.
I heard about the Marathon Du Medoc years ago. And I’ve always wanted to do it. I’m sure you can relate. “One day“. Right? But one day never comes. I waited around for someone else to organise it. So the ‘one day’ for this Marathon never came. No more inaction. So let’s do it. This is our ‘One Day‘. And it’s going to be so much fun!
I CANNOT WAIT to meet a group of fun people in Bordeaux, get dressed up, complete a marathon together (admittedly mostly a very slow stroll) and drink French wine all day. I’ve also pinned on a cool 3 days after the Marathon so we can see a bit of Paris AND go and visit the wine region of Champagne. Where we celebrate in style in a day-trip to the Champagne vineyards, sampling and tasting (and most definitely swallowing) lots of Champagne.
What is the Marathon Du Medoc?
Just to be clear, the actual Marathon isn’t organized by me. It’s a proper event (with a Wikipedia page and everything). Up to 8,500 people compete every year. It sells out every year. And while 99% of people race in fancy dress, it’s also a ‘real’ Marathon. Where the winners will run under 2 hours 30 minutes.
But the vast majority of runners don’t go there for their personal best times. With wine available constantly throughout the race, it’s much more of a party atmosphere than a normal marathon. So as long as you can finish the 42km in under 6 hours and 30 minutes, then you’re welcome to join the party!
My Marathon Du Medoc Itinerary
The trip starts in Bordeaux. When you sign up, I’ll send you the hotel name that we start. We’ll have a briefing at 6pm on September 8th (probably along with some wine, you know just to get in the right frame of mind).
Then we’ll have a group dinner and get to know each other. We overnight in our Bordeaux hotel.
In the morning, we will go to the Race Registration and get our bib/running numbers allocated. After we’re all signed up, we have a vineyard tour in the afternoon. Bordeaux, and the Medoc region specifically, is home to some of the finest wine in the all the world. At this junction, I should probably admit I don’t know too much about wine, apart from the fact I like to drink it. So if you’re a wine connoisseur or quite the opposite, don’t worry. Everyone is welcome.
Our evening dinner should be kinda sensible. We have a Marathon to run tomorrow!
RACE DAY! The Marathon is due to start at 9.30am. But with so many people, we’ll be there early. Primed and ready in our fancy dress (more on that below).
Depending on how serious people want to race, some may shoot off, and good luck to the real runners. I know the official cut-off time is 6.5 hours. So I hope to finish in 6 hours and 29 minutes. Let’s do it!
Back to Bordeaux in the evening to share our war stories and (hopefully) show off our finisher’s medals!
Don’t worry. No early start today. Sore legs, sore feet and most probably a sore head after yesterday’s exertions. A lazy breakfast. Plenty of croissants and coffees. In the afternoon, we make our way via train to Paris. The journey takes about 3 hours.
We’ll check into our hotel in Paris. And then make our way to the romantic river Seine for an evening cruise. We’re a surprisingly cultured bunch really.
Paris. The most visited city in the world. If it’s your first time, then today is the day you lay eyes on the iconic Eiffel Tower. And the Louvre, home to the famous Mona Lisa. We have a half-day tour, followed by a whole half day to do what you want.
Climb the Eiffel Tower, or join the thousands of people to be underwhelmed by the Mona Lisa in person. Or go for some shopping on the Champs Elysees avenue.
We’ll have an optional trip to the Moulin Rouge in the evening (pricey but pretty cool – tickets sell out 6 months+ in advance, so let me know asap!).
Our last full day. So let’s not waste it. If you didn’t know, Champagne isn’t merely a bubbly drink. In fact, it’s a region in France, where Champagne was created. And it’s only 2 hours from Paris. So we’re off!
We will have a beautiful drive out of the city, through the vineyards, and will finish up in Epernay. Here, we check the Moet & Chandon caves and pretend to understand the differences in all the various Champagnes they let us sample.
We’ll have a late lunch together, grab a bottle or 2 for gifts, probably drink them on the way back to Paris. Then one last night together in the big smoke.
That’s all folks. Until next time. Cheers!
Marathon Du Medoc Tour Dates
September 8th to September 14th, 2022
- The actual Marathon Du Medoc raceday is Saturday September 10th. Starting at 9.30 am, with a 4pm cut-off time.
Marathon Du Medoc Tour Price
The trip is a week long. 7 Days / 6 nights. It’s priced at $2,599USD.
- A non-refundable deposit of 10% ($260) is required to secure your spot. Ideally paid via Wise.com to firstname.lastname@example.org. But other methods can be discussed.
More about the Marathon:
It is a genuine marathon. 42.2km/26 miles. And the race cut-off time is 6 and a half hours.
So you don’t have to be super fit, of course. But you do have to at least be able to walk for 40km. Albeit with plenty of (wine) stops, 23 in total. If you’re already kinda fit, then a month or so of practicing walking for long durations would be enough training.
If you’re a little out of shape, then this trip is the perfect way to focus on a fun adventure and get back into some light exercise. A simple 30-60 minute workout (or walk/jog) 2 or 3 times a week for 2 or 3 months before the trip will get you in ship shape.
If you’re worried about the marathon distance, or training, let me know and we can chat about it. I can help I hope.
NOTE: There is no 10km/half-marathon options. It’s only the full marathon.
There are 23 refueling stations throughout the race. Most of them have wine. And it would be criminal not to sample some of the best wines in the world, right? Expect some luxury food too – from oysters to sirloin steak (I’m veggie though, so I’ll stick to the vino!).
The race starts on Saturday, September 10th at 9.30am in the morning. In the town of Pauillac. About an hour from Bordeaux city. All transport is provided by me.
If you have ever run a marathon, or a half marathon, then you know what’s up. And this is a little easier. Because we stop/start so much with all the wine and food tastings.
If you’ve never done any kind of long-distance running/jogging/walking, don’t worry! This is the perfect, fun way to introduce yourself and achieve something very cool.
Message me if you need help with training. But for a great start, go for a brisk walk of 10km (6.5 miles) this weekend. And time yourself. If you can do that in 90 minutes or less. You’re almost ready already!
Normally, the Marathon Du Medoc tour is fancy dress by suggestion alone. But post-Covid, people have been stuck at home, no fun, no events. So this year, it’s different. It’s COMPULSORY!
The theme? Cinema. But don’t panic, we’ll have a WhatsApp/Facebook group for all of my group, and we can discuss ideas together.
What’s included/Not included in the tour?
- All transport
- All accommodation* (based on twin sharing, but don’t worry, most people come solo, I can pair people up).
- Single supplement is available for people who want their own room priced at an additional $1049.
- A guide throughout (me!)
- Race registration and bib number
- Day trip to Champagne
- Bordeaux vineyard tour
- Pasta Dinner the night before the Marathon (it’s a big event!)
- Transfers from Bordeaux to Paris
- Paris day tour with local guide
- Hangovers guaranteed
What’s not included:
- Travel insurance (compulsory on my trip, I recommend these guys)
- International flights
- Lunches and Dinners
- Optional activities (Moulin Rouge for example)
- Airport transfers
- Single Supplement
FINAL THOUGHTS ON MY MARATHON DU MEDOC TOUR
I’m seriously excited. I know some tour companies run the same trips every year blah blah. It’s business for them. With me, it’s a little different. I organise trips that I WANT to do. And I am dying to do this, so why not build a trip around it? So come and join me!
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