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Medoc Marathon

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    Dress up, drink wine and explore the most famous vineyards of France! Join us for the wackiest and booziest Marathon at the 38th edition of the Medoc Marathon 2024. At this event fancy dress is not only encouraged – it’s compulsory. In 2024 the theme will be ‘Make Your Games’. The Marathon du Médoc includes 23 wine stops combining “wine, sports, fun and health”, while also snacking on specialities such as oysters, foie gras, cheese, steak and ice-cream.

    Ripening grapes, châteaux, live orchestras & delicious food

    This year's theme: Make your games

    Take on a different type of running challenge this September as you pass through 59 vineyards all while wearing your favourite fancy dress costume! The drinking race is probably how to best describe the event. It has been around since 1985 and now attracts almost 9,000 runners every September.

    This year, is the 38th anniversary of the race, and the theme for 2024 is Make Your Games, you can be sure that the wild array of costumes will not disappoint. Dress up and run through the magical region of Margaux near Bordeaux, tasting local wines and enjoying plenty of snacks.

    Included in your package

    • Guaranteed marathon entry
    • Race day transfer to the start line and return
    • Transfer to the start line and return
    • Friday pasta party in Vertheuil abbey with return coach transfers, music and entertainment (optional extra)
    • Sunday walk and lunch at a Medoc vineyards for runners and their friends in Vertheuil with return coach transfers (optional extra) Breakfast included
    • Passionate Sports Tours International Ireland team on hand throughout the event
    Ibis Bordeaux Centre Gare
    Ibis Bordeaux Centre Gare

    The Ibis Bordeaux Centre Gare is an ideal hotel for the Medoc Marathon. The hotel is located 350 yards from Saint Jean Train Station, and a 10-minute tram ride from the city centre. The ibis Bordeaux Saint Jean hotel is a 45-minute drive from the Saint Emilion and Médoc vineyards, the Atlantic Ocean and the Bassin d’Arcachon as well as a 30-minute tram ride from Bordeaux Exhibition Centre. The buffet features pastries baked on site and fresh French Madeleine cakes are also on offer, as well as a hot beverages. Outside of regular breakfast hours guests can also enjoy a lighter option, available from 04:00. The bar serves snacks throughout the day.


    Buffet- sweet and savoury
    Bikes available
    On-site coffee house
    Chocolate or cookies (Additional charge)
    Bottle of water (Additional charge)
    Wine/champagne (Additional charge)
    Snack bar
    WIFI is available in all areas and is free of charge.
    Private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and charges are applicable.
    Accessible parking
    Parking garage
    Street parking
    Secured parking
    Public transport tickets (Additional charge)
    Daily maid service
    Luggage storage
    Fax/photocopying (Additional charge)
    Express check-in/check-out
    24-hour front desk
    on site
    Air conditioning
    Non-smoking throughout
    Safety deposit box
    Facilities for disabled guests
    Non-smoking rooms

    Novotel Bordeaux Centre Gare
    Novotel Bordeaux Centre Gare

    Fully renovated in 2010, the Mercure Bordeaux Gare Saint Jean hotel has 99 quiet, spacious and air-conditioned rooms. You can easily get to the heart of the city centre from this hotel, which is 273 yards (250 m) from the TGV train station in the Saint-Jean district (a UNESCO world heritage site). It is an ideal place for your business meetings and tourist trips. The hotel offers Wi-Fi, a bar, a restaurant, 1615 sq. ft. (150 m²) of conference space and an indoor car park.


    Room service
    Free Wi-Fi
    Tea/coffee maker
    Coffee machine
    Coffee shop
    Free parking
    Business centre
    Wi-Fi available in all areas

    2 nights
    3 nights
    4 nights

    *Please note that the price is based on 2 people sharing a room with double bed or 2 single beds. Single supplement fee for a sole occupancy of a room.












    5 September

    Arrival day

    Arrive in Bordeaux and make your own way to your chosen hotel in central Bordeaux. No need to go to the marathon expo as we have arranged for your bibs, t-shirts, booklets, and posters to be delivered directly to your hotel. The rest of your day is free to explore the local area and sample the local wines! Sports Tours Ireland Staff will be available this evening to answer any questions you may have.

    6 September

    Château de Pedesclaux, Pasta Party

    A free day for sightseeing the local area. Enjoy all that Bordeaux has to offer. There is an optional extra for you to join the pasta party (with transport), which is located at in Vertheuil abbey. We will take you by coach from Bordeaux. Music, entertainment and fireworks are included. Tickets are limited and are on a first come first serve basis. Please bear in mind your arrival time if arriving today. Pasta Party

    If you are wanting to visit the expo today, you can do so from 10.00am to 11.00pm. Distribution of participant’s number and Marathon Expo at the COSEC in Pauillac.

    There are plenty of other things happening today as well;

    • 19:00 – There will be a Pasta-Party in Vertheuil abbey. Bookings are limited to 1450 people. Registration voucher is to be presented on entrance. Dinner will be served at 20:00
    • 19:00 pm “Pâtes-à-Caisse” meal in the Saint Estèphe festival hall

    *Note that the coach does not arrive back into Bordeaux until 12.30am, if you feel this may be too late for you, please do not book this optional extra.

    7 September

    2024 Medoc Marathon

    Today is the day. Grab the fancy dress costumes, and experience a marathon like no other! After an early breakfast a coach transfer from the hotel to the start will pick you up at approximately 06:30. The Medoc marathon is expected to start at 9:30, just after the Pre-Race show and entertainment. Afterwards there will be a transfer back to the hotel. The evening is free for you to explore and celebrate.

    French Medical Certificate: A medical certificate is compulsory for those take part in any running event in France and is required to be printed and returned to Sports Tours International Ireland. The blank medical certificate will be provided with your booking confirmation for you to print and take to your doctor.

    8 September

    You will have today to either recover, enjoy the sights of Bordeaux or head home. Another optional extra is for you to enjoy a relaxing walk in a Medoc vineyards for runners and their friends in Vertheuil. Registration limited to 3000 people. We will take you by coach from Bordeaux. Lunch is served at 12:30 under a marquee. If you wish to attend, please select the optional extra in the booking process.

    9 September

    Departure day

    Today you will have further opportunity to explore the area. Today is also check out day.

    Marathon race entry +

    Race Entry Fee including transport to the start €94 per entry

    Pasta Dinner with transfers +

    Friday night pasta party with return hotel transfer €94 per person

    Sunday Walk and Dinner with transfers +

    Sunday morning walk and lunch with return hotel transfer €94 per person

    Plane +

    Bordeaux airport to the city centre is 11 km. The total trip by taxi usually takes around 25 minutes traffic pending

    Car +

    The average taxi fare from Bordeaux airport to the city centre is €30

    Train +

    The 30’Direct offers a direct 30-minute service between Bordeaux Airport and Saint-Jean train station, to provide passengers with an easy link between two of the region’s key transport hubs

    French Medical Certificate +

    A medical certificate is compulsory for those take part in any running event in France and is required to be printed and returned to Sports Tours International Ireland. The blank medical certificate will be provided with your booking confirmation for you to print and take to your doctor.

    The course +

    The Marathon du Médoc is a full marathon with 23 wine stops combining “wine, sports, fun and health”. Held every September in France’s Médoc region, the 26.2 miles takes runners – (in compulsory fancy dress) – through scenic vineyards and the participants are expected to indulge in 23 glasses of the famed red wine from this area en-route, while also stuffing themselves with local specialities such as oysters, foie gras, cheese, steak and ice-cream. Many of the 10,000 other participants have attended one of the event’s pasta parties the previous evening: a glorious mix of wine, carbohydrates and merriment designed, I suspect, to ensure that you forget you’re running a marathon the following morning.

    Does my luggage get transported to my hotel? +

    If airport transfers are included in your package, we will transfer you and your Luggage to the hotel. If you are on a cycling holiday, we will also transfer your bike.

    Do you cater for children? +

    Children are welcome on our trips with the exception of some Hospitality packages.

    Can Vegetarians, Vegans or special diets be catered for? +

    Any dietary requirements e.g., Vegetarian or Vegan etc needs to be advised to us at booking stage. We will then request the meals with the relevant hotel.

    Can I extend my stay along the way? +

    Stays can be extended beyond our standard packages subject to availability at the relevant hotel.

    How can I pay for my holiday? +

    Packages can be paid for online or over the phone by Credit/debit card or Amex, payments can also be made by Bank transfer.

    Do I need travel insurance? +

    Travel insurance is always advised and is best taken out at the time of making a booking.

    What happens if I have to cancel? Will I lose money? +

    Cancelation charges are applicable in the event you cannot travel. Please refer to the booking conditions page.

    Can I change the date after I’ve booked? +

    Subject to amendment fees and hotel availability dates can be changed after initial booking.

    Will anyone from your team meet me during my stay? +

    Dependent on the trip booked we will have representatives on the package this will be outlined in the individual tour. If we have no representation a 24-hour telephone number will be provided.

    Can I travel on my own? +

    Yes, we cater for solo travellers, we can offer single rooms or twin share rooms

    What is twin to share? +

    On many of our travel packages we offer our free ‘Twin to Share’ service where you pay to share a room rather than the supplement for a single room. We encourage single travellers to join our tours and rooms for single occupancy are available on all our tours, but we also offer the opportunity to book our ‘Twin to Share’ service. This option which means that we pair you up with another athlete of the same sex so you can enjoy the event without having to pay the single occupancy supplement.

    Is the entry guaranteed? +

    All our entries are Guaranteed there is no ballot, lottery or fundraising required once your entry is paid it is guaranteed.

    Do I need to pay a deposit? +

    A deposit will be required at time of booking to secure your place.

    How do I manage a Sports Tours booking? +

    Once booked online you will be able to view and make payments on your account.

    When will I receive my tickets? +

    Itineraries will be sent on all trips around 14 days prior to departure

    What is included in the price? +

    What is included in the price will be shown under each individual package.

    What is not included in the price? +

    What is not included in the price will be shown under each individual package.

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