Top 10 French Races

Le Marathon du Cahors et de la Gastronomie

Month August
Location Cahors, also known as Quercy (100km north of Toulouse). Starting from Soturac, and finishing in Prayssac
Distance 26.2 miles
Why do it The race title says it all – this is a race for those who like to eat, drink and party while they are running. Over 80 per cent of runners turn out in fancy dress, which is another reason to leave the watch at home. There are 20 feeding stations along the route which provide culinary delights (foie-gras, truffles, honey and cheeses to name but a few) from the region, with a free flow of wine from the local vineyards. The route is essentially on road, but does wind its way through the grounds, and occasionally the cellars, of some of the more impressive chateaux, visits a number of medieval villages and provides a unique way to discover the soft landscapes of this rural area of France. The party continues with a wine festival after the race.
Field around 450
Contact Cap’Orn, Association 1901, Maison des Associations - Espace Clément Marot - 46000 Cahors, France; e-mail; website
Other information Race starts at 1pm. Showers and massages provided.
Getting there By road – take the D911 west out of Cahors (35 km). By rail – the nearest station is Cahors. By air – fly to Toulouse, which is 100km to the south.
Where to stay Contact the Office du Tourisme, 46000 Prayssac, France; tel 00 33 565 53 20 65 (or fax 00 33 565 53 20 74) for information on accommodation options.

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