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Longest marathon in world draws thousands through French vineyards of Gironde

France, Medoc
September 08, 2019 at 09:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

The 35th Medoc Marathon took place in French Medoc region on Saturday, with nearly 8,500 racers dressed up in costumes joining the running event through the vineyards of Medoc and Gironde, in the western part of the country.

As every year in September the race drew thousands of participants from all over the world, who run through the famous wine region the 42 km (26.1 miles) route.

Participants left from Paulliac and stopped for 23 glasses of wine along the way. Oysters, cheese, steak and other local specialties were also awarded during the run, in what is known as the longest marathon in the world.

The event, which was organised by a volunteer association with 2,800 volunteers involved, was also marked by music and was aimed at celebrating health, sport and food.

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The 35th Medoc Marathon took place in French Medoc region on Saturday, with nearly 8,500 racers dressed up in costumes joining the running event through the vineyards of Medoc and Gironde, in the western part of the country.

As every year in September the race drew thousands of participants from all over the world, who run through the famous wine region the 42 km (26.1 miles) route.

Participants left from Paulliac and stopped for 23 glasses of wine along the way. Oysters, cheese, steak and other local specialties were also awarded during the run, in what is known as the longest marathon in the world.

The event, which was organised by a volunteer association with 2,800 volunteers involved, was also marked by music and was aimed at celebrating health, sport and food.

W/S Start of Medoc Wine Marathon, Medoc

M/S People running marathon wearing costumes

M/S Marathon mascot

M/S People running marathon through the vineyards

W/S People running marathon

M/S People running marathon

W/S People running marathon

M/S Road sign

M/S Japanese woman running marathon in costume

C/U Grapes, runners

M/S Japanese women running marathon

M/S Organisers handing a glass of wine to racers

C/U Grapes, runners

SOT, Medoc marathon participant from Hong Kong: "It's wonderful, it's a wonderful city, we love it. This is the second time for most of us in this group and the city is very hospitable, they are very welcoming, it's beautiful and we've actually enjoyed every minute of it."

C/U Roasting pig *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Medoc marathon participant from Hong Kong: "We love wine and food and the oysters. The oysters are beautiful and really fresh. We love it."

W/S Bottles of wine along the route, Medoc

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