Offbeat: In the Medoc, Grands Crus, Oysters and Escrection on the menu of the Marathon "The Longest in the World"

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  Dans le Médoc, grands crus, huîtres et entrecôte au menu du marathon © AFP

U does not twenty glasses of red wine, oysters and a rib steak served in the middle of the race: the marathon of the marathon Médoc, reputed to be "the longest in the world", organized on Saturday in Pauillac, claims a liver and kidneys well trained to swallow the 42,195 km of the route.

After two years of absence due to the pandemic of Covid-19, 8,500 runners, most disguised and wandering at the rhythm of the bandas, took part in this race for humor, which crosses the vineyards of the big wine appellations -Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Haut Médoc and Saint-Estèphe-on the left bank of Bordeaux.

Dressed in rabbo, Caribbean pirate, Nice Brice or in giant popcorn costumes, most thousands of amateur marathonists -including many foreigners -played the game, putting outdated disguises, for Respond to the theme "Le Médoc makes its cinema" of this 36th edition.

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If the winners Freddy Guimard, among men, and Sandra Gouault, among women, completed the course in 2h29 and 3:10 -winning their weight in great wines -mostly, the participants take their time to feast. They have until 6:30 am to cross the finish line and leave with a promised bottle to all "finishers".

and it is a performance in itself, because throughout the test, 21 "Oenostportive tests" -in this case tastings of great wines offered by the castles crossed -then up to 18,000 oysters, 200 kg of the rib steak and ice creams are offered to runners as a refueling.

"There are a lot of supplies ... It's very, very generous. We make kilometers but, there is no notion of time", explains Nicolas Alain, an amateur runner accustomed to the Medocan marathon and "at the relaxation outing".

for the winegrower Emeline Borie, who held a ravity point at her area of ​​Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste at km 20, "Water is nice, but wine is better".

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