The Marathon de Bordeaux is a celebration of running and history in one of Europe's most alluring regions. The race takes place entirely at night within the city limits of Bordeaux, France. Runners of both the full and half courses start at 8:00pm, in front of The Palais de la Bourse, next to the Garonne river.
Both the full and half marathon courses are closed completely to traffic, and lead runners along the Garonne river, through the center of Bordeaux. It traverses the sprawling vineyards, and returns through the historic heart of the city, passing by places of rich heritage including the Basilique Saint Michel, the Porte Cailhau or the Galerie Tatry. The finish line is located between the Place de la Bourse and the Miror d'Eau—the world's largest reflecting pool, covering 3,450 square meters.