One of the most well known and most bizarre running races in the world, and probably one of the weirdest and most wonderful sporting events full stop. The Marathon du Medoc combines a stunningly beautiful marathon course through the rolling countryside and gorgeous vineyards just outside Bordeaux with the region’s most famous produce, wine. It is considered ‘the longest marathon in the world’, as scattered throughout the course are 23 wine tasting stops, 50 orchestras providing musical accompaniment, an oyster stop at the 38th kilometre, and a steak dinner at the 39th. Over 8,500 people participate, mostly in costume, and the event is an exciting celebration of marathon running and gourmand culture.

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