For most marathons a good pair of running shoes are recommended – but for this one, participants might like to bring their drinking boots instead.

The Marathon du Medoc is a 42km race that really only the French could possibly dream up – because it's one that meanders through some of the world's finest vineyards and there are vintage wines available at every one of the 21 drink stops.

The route passes through celebrated estates such as Pauillac, St. Julien-Beychevelle and St. Estèphe. Photo / Getty Images
The route passes through celebrated estates such as Pauillac, St. Julien-Beychevelle and St. Estèphe. Photo / Getty Images

Plus oysters, foie gras, cheese, entrecote steak and ice cream.

It goes without saying, then, that this is definitely not a race where personal bests are likely to be smashed.

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The route passes through celebrated estates such as Pauillac, St. Julien-Beychevelle and St. Estèphe, and past more than 50 chateaux.

Around 8500 runners take part every year, with around 90 per cent of them in fancy dress. Photo / Getty Images
Around 8500 runners take part every year, with around 90 per cent of them in fancy dress. Photo / Getty Images

Around 8500 runners take part every year, with around 90 per cent of them in fancy dress.

And along the 42km route dozens of music groups spur them on.

Most runners, apparently, aim to finish around the six-hour mark.

The costumes at the race are as varied as the vintages on offer. Photo / Getty Images
The costumes at the race are as varied as the vintages on offer. Photo / Getty Images

Unsurprisingly, this marathon has more medical support than any other.

The marathon festivities start this year on the Friday before race day, with a 'Thousand Pastas' food festival providing carbohydrates for the runners to load up on.

After the race there are celebrations throughout the evening, with bands and local producers supplying more food and drink. Photo / Getty Images
After the race there are celebrations throughout the evening, with bands and local producers supplying more food and drink. Photo / Getty Images

After the race there are celebrations throughout the evening, with bands and local producers supplying more food and drink.

The race takes place on September 8.