Top 10 French Races

La Ronde Cérétane

Month September
Location Céret (Rousillon – the extreme south of France, near the eastern end of the Spanish border)
Distance 20K
Why do it If you’re going all the way to Catalonia to race, you might as well make the most of it. This one could be just the ticket for a late summer holiday, as the race falls amid a week-long festival celebrating all that is Catalan – music, a night market and a lace festival – with bull fighting also scheduled for those inclined. The race itself provides ‘special’ feeding stations, with regional specialities, including wine and muscat, while you visit the old town and its surroundings, which lies between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean. An Italian evening and cabaret on the evening prior to the race, and a Catalan meal afterwards, means that you shouldn’t go hungry or thirsty, however long you decide to stay. Finally, if you prefer your culture a little more refined, the town of Céret is renowned for its association with modern art – every runner will get a free entry to the local Musée d’Art Moderne.
Field around 1000
Fee €10
Contact La Ronde Cérétane - BP 222 - 66402 CÉRET cédex, France; e-mail; website
Other information Race starts at 9.30am. Showers and massages available. Feeding stations every 5km.
Getting there By road – take the N9 south from Perpignan, then the D115 to Céret. By rail – mainline station at Perpignan. By air – Go airlines flies to Perpignan (30km away).
Where to stay Contact Office Du Tourisme, 66400 Céret, France; tel 00 33 468 87 00 53; fax 00 33 468 87 00 56.

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