Top 10 French Races

Les 50K de la Côte des Légendes

Month May
Location Ploudalmézeau (Brittany) near Brest
Distance 50K, 18K option also available
Why do it As we know, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, and that certainly applies here where, to enjoy the post-race feast, you have to first run 50K. It may seem a little odd to prolong the agony of the marathon just a few more kilometres, but the French like their numbers round. But if ever a race’s scenery can make the miles fly by, this is it. Breathtaking vistas over the Brittany coastline, with its white beaches and rolling dunes, its chateaux, stone churches and fishing ports, give the race an ambience all its own. This is an out-and-back race, mostly on road, taking in two loops (18K and 32K), that by the finish will be firmly engraved in your memory, not to mention your legs. One of the grandest, most beautiful and best races that France has to offer.
Field 800 last year
Fee 100F (40F for the 18K)
Contact C. Poyer, Les 50K de la Côte des Légendes, BP 75, 29830 Ploudalmézeau, France; tel 00 33 680 03 34 35; fax 00 33 298 48 11 88; e-mail
Other information Race starts at 9am. The course record is held by a Briton, Tony Ross (3:01). Time limit of 10 hours. Cyclists are allowed to accompany the runners. An evening meal is organised for 60F and should be booked as part of race entry. Changing rooms, showers and massages are provided.
Getting there By road – take the N165 Nantes-Brest from the south (or the N12 Rennes-Brest from the east), then the D26 to Ploudalmézeau. By rail – Brest is the nearest mainline station (20 minutes from Ploudalmézeau). By air – Brest airport is 15 minutes away. By sea – Brittany Ferries and Irish Ferries both sail to Roscoff, 50 minutes away from Ploudalmézeau on the D10 and D28.
Where to stay Free accommodation is provided for runners in dormitories or camping if booked when sending in the race fee. The Office Du Tourisme, Place Chanoine Grall, 29830 Ploudalmézeau, France; tel 00 33 298 48 12 88; fax 00 33 298 48 11 88.

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