Oysters and cheese are not the only unusual thing about this marathon, every runner must run wearing fancy dresses, fascinating eh?
Marathons are tiring and sometimes gets boring too, as it requires immense stamina and energy. Some are passionate about running, and some do it for the cause, while others do it for fitness.
But, the Marathon du Madoc has something else to offer for the runners. It is a French marathon race, in which runners will stop for wine, cheese, and oysters, on their way to final destination. The route has opened registration for its 35th successive year, reported Daily Mail.
The marathon will take 8,500 runners through some beautiful and picturesque vineyards of south-west France every year. The oysters and cheese are not the only unusual thing about this marathon, every runner must run wearing fancy dresses, fascinating eh?
The marathon meets athletic standards in its 26.2- mile course. And for the 2019 edition, the theme for the fancy dress is 'superheroes'.
Going by the official rules for the marathon, the male and female winners will not receive a trophy but will receive their weight in Medoc wine while a "large number of nicely dressed runners" will be awarded a huge supply of the beverage.
For those who fret for being a beginner will also get the chance to enjoy this marathon as the organizer said that the finish line will be closed after six hours and 30 minutes, which according to them is "long enough to enjoy the marathon even for amateurs."
The marathon features wine tastings, oysters, steak, cheese, grapes and ice cream along with musical performances for the runners. After running for exhaustive 6 hours, runners will get to enjoy the luxury throughout the evening, with more wine, bands and local producers supplying more food and drink.
The marathon was founded in 1985 and got its name from the Medoc wine-growing region which is North of Bordeaux on France's Atlantic coast.
The route takes the runner through celebrated estates such as Pauillac, St. Julien-Beychevelle and St. Estèphe, and past more than 50 chateaux. The fastest time recorded at the 2018 marathon was just under two hours and 26 minutes, set by French athlete Deni Mayaud.
The runners pay €88 (£75) for a start number, and it increases further if they take part in an extra dinner or a shorter, six-mile walk on a Sunday morning after the race. The marathon also has 300 volunteers for medical assistance working from 15 tents and five mobile units, catering for the runners' unusual dietary regimen. This year's race will take place on Saturday, September 7.