Maraisthon – the Marais Poitevin marathon, 19th of June 2016 - 7th edition

The Marais Poitevin Marathon: Maraisthon

Set in the heart of the Marais Poitevin, the pretty waterside town of Coulon is known as the capital of the Venise Verte (Green Venice). Here, throughout the year, you can hire flat-bottomed boats to explore the waterways from one of the many embarcadères. But, for one weekend each year, the activity becomes land based when France’s premier eco-marathon comes to town.

The world-renowned Maraisthon attracts over 1,000 competitors from all over the globe. The 7th edition will be held on Sunday 16 June, 2016 and is a date not to be missed. The event offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the area, whether you are a runner or simply want to join in the festival atmosphere.

As well as the marathon there is a 10km fun run (entry for both races must be reserved on the Maraisthon website). Plus, there are 11km Discovery walks led by knowledgeable guides which visit areas normally not accessible to the public. Discover the Marais Poitevin flora and fauna before returning to Coulon to explore the eco-market and exhibitions. Guides are available in English.

Complete your Maraisthon experience by enjoying a meal in one of the many local restaurants before gliding through the waterways by boat. You can either take the oars yourself and follow one of the well sign-posted routes or hire a guide.

Getting there: Coulon is a short 45 minute drive from the Atlantic coast, La Rochelle and the Ile de Ré. The TGV station at Niort is nearby. There is ample parking close to the village centre.

[+] See the Maraisthon website for further information.

[+] Discover the Marais Poitevin (Green Venice)

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What: Maraisthon - the Marais Poitevin Marathon

When: 16 June 2016

Where: Coulon - Rue André Cramois

Price: nc

Category: sport

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