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Marathon du Medoc

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Feb 2017
10:37am, 27 Feb 2017
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paul the builder
Seems like a good time to resurrect this - is anyone trying to enter this year?

Thanks to Spleen for the helpful post above. Did you enjoy it?
Mar 2017
11:52am, 30 Mar 2017
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Spleen
Sorry for the late reply. Late is probably better than never for anyone Googling for future years.

It's not just one of the best races I've ever done but one of the best things I've ever done. The support is amazing: given the rural location the number of water/feed stations is excellent - and needed given the gruelling conditions. It was 25 degrees when we started in the morning and got hotter.

The wine, the support, the fancy dress, the beautiful chateaus - the whole experience couldn't have been better. It makes me glad to be a runner and to be able to take part in something like this. I would say to anyone who is even thinking of doing it, do it.

As far as I know, this year (2017) they were operating the same system as last year - it will open suddenly and without warning on one day, then almost immediately close, then open suddenly again a week later, then it will be sold out. I wouldn't be at all surprised if they move to a ballot system eventually. So get in while you can.
Mar 2017
1:17pm, 30 Mar 2017
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paul the builder
Hey Spleen. Thanks for that. We did get in, so the mini-review is handy :-)

It happened just as you describe above. One first wave of "registration open" which closed within just a few hours - which we missed. And then about 10-12 days later a second wave, which we got in on. Probably that was only open for a few hours too, but we did get in.

I'll be part of a group of almost entirely non-runners (and pushing a wheelchair between us too). So I'll enjoy it even more, since I'll be out there for about 7 hours ;-)
Mar 2018
1:31pm, 15 Mar 2018
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minardi
Resurrecting this thread for this year as I seem to have entered! Does anyone have any idea where the shuttle buses in Bordeaux to Paulliac leave from?
Mar 2018
10:02am, 21 Mar 2018
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paul the builder
A. You'll love it, it was brilliant, and
B. No sorry - we stayed out at a beach chalet-village and taxi-ed in/out of Paulliac.
Mar 2018
11:02am, 21 Mar 2018
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minardi
cheers ptb - we've booked somewhere in Castelnau-de-Medoc but I just saw on the official website that they were doing a shuttle bus from Bordeaux.

Now I just have to think of something to wear - the theme is Amusement Park!!
Mar 2018
1:02pm, 27 Mar 2018
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minardi
I've taken the easy option and ordered a minnie mouse outfit!

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