Marathons in Aquitaine

02 Apr 2007 19:17
Jean-Loup Fenaux

With 5 marathons, Aquitaine is one of the French regions that offer the largest choice. Although the region has five differents ‘départements’ the marathons are centered in Gironde that counts four of them. The only exception is Pau’s marathon wich is located in Pyrénées-Atlantiques.

Alike Alsace (cf. Marathons in Alsace ), the marathons are mostly rural. Pau is the only big city to host a marathon.

Marathons in Aquitaine also favor wine and gastronomy in general. Two of them celebrate wine : Le marathon du Médoc and le marathon des premières cotes de Blaye. Two names that must make wine lovers dream…

The third one, marathon de l’huitre de Gujan Mestras celebrates the oyster that is grown in the bassin d’Arcachon.

Take a few minutes to have a look at the marathon des villages website. It is gorgeous and will certainly encourage to take part. It’s a brand new marathon that will take place on October 14th. Good luck to the courageous organizers.

The marathon du Médoc has become quite an star since it’s creation 23 years ago. Its success may be due to the wine tastings that are organized along its course but also due to the fact that each and every runner must wear a disguise ! Disguise, wine tasting and hilly course, three raisons why you will not come to Pauillac to beat a personal best, but to have a great time.

Where will you run your next marathon ?