Useful information

International Marathon of Beaujolais

A full programme

A really festive programme, based around the Marathon Village in the Parc des Expositions (Exhibition Park) of Villefranche sur Saône! Everything happens in the Village unless otherwise specified – although the organization retains the right to alter the plans if this is deemed for any reason to be necessary.

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Thursday, November 15th

Parc des Expositions (Exhibition Park)

From noon until 20h : The Village will be open and you will be able to collect your race bib for all of the races

Important: You will not be able to collect your race bib at the locations where the races start (Fleurie or Villefranche).

If you are unable to collect your race bib in the Exhibition Park either on Thursday or on Friday, you will not be able to participate in any of the races. It will not be possible to collect the bibs at all on Saturday and any race bibs which have not been collected will not be made available at the race starting points.

Friday, November 16th

Parc des Expositions (Exhibition Park)

From 10h until 20h : The Village will be open and you will be able to collect your race bib for all of the races

From 19h : Pasta Party (reservation compulsory)

20h : Ceremony of the formal opening of the 2018 Marathon and welcome drink

Saturday, November 17th

Start of the races

Fleurie

9h : Marathon
Buses will be available for Marathon participants from the Marathon Village (Parc Expo) to Fleurie between 6h30 and 7h15

Villefranche

10h : Family Marathon
12h : Half Marathon
14h30 : 13km of the Rhône

An entertaining afternoon

Villefranche
from 12h30 onwards
Arrival of the runners – Awards ceremony – Concert and tapping of the wine barrels, organized by the town of Villefranche

ParcExpo

From 20h – the Night of the Marathon

Sunday, November 18th

Romanèche-Thorins

10h until 14h : Visit of Georges Duboeuf’s Hameau du Vin (Wine Village) with wine tasting and lunch

The other Festival Events

Pasta Party

Your personal warm-up

Parc Expo in Villefranche-sur-Saône – Friday, November 16th at 19h
The night before your race, whet your appetite by immersing yourself in the atmosphere of the International Marathon of Beaujolais at the Pasta Party! A tremendous evening during which all 800 guests can thoroughly enjoy themselves and discover the world of fun of the one and only Beaujolais Marathon. On the menu : pasta, of course, but also plenty of laughing, singing and dancing. Without any doubt, the very best way to get into the mood for your race

Reserve your seat for the Pasta Party now

The Night of the Marathon

The favourite event

Parc Expo in Villefranche-sur-Saône – Saturday, November 17th at 20h
This very special evening is a key, integral part of the overall festival and of the international reputation of the whole event. The International Marathon of Beaujolais dreams big and every year, the 1500 available seats for the Night of the Marathon are snapped up very quickly. The event brings together the runners, their friends and families, the volunteers and the organizers. A constant stream of surprises mark the evening, and in particular, a group to make sure that everyone is well warmed up until the early hours. Not be be missed under any circumstances!

Reserve your seat for the Night of the Marathon now

Your Sunday at the Wine Village of Georges Duboeuf

Bring your weekend to a close on a high note

Hameau Duboeuf at Romanèche-Thorins – Sunday, November 18th from 10h until 14h
Complete your 100% Beaujolais weekend in the best possible way by joining the day devoted to understanding wine-making in the Hameau Duboeuf with a visit and lunch. Whether you are already an expert of still a novice, welcome to the magical universe of vines and wines. At the end of a weekend as rich as this, you will return home with your head bursting with memories.

Reserve your seat for the Hameau Duboeuf now

The village

The Marathon Village is in the great setting of the Parc Expo of Villefranche. This will be the meeting point before the races as of Thursday (Collection of race bibs, stands of our sponsors and of our other sister-races as well as certain charitable organizations, and finally some stands where it will be possible to taste various items of local produce…)
It is from here that the buses will leave on Saturday morning for the starting point of the Marathon in Fleurie

Access to the Marathon Village

Parking is free and there will be regular shuttle buses on Saturday

From the centre of Villefranche : follow the signs for the A6 motorway to Paris but at the roundabout that takes you onto the motorway to Paris, turn left instead of right and then continue straight on at the next roundabout. The Parc Expo is then immediately on your left.

The entry is on the rue de l’Industrie which you reach by continuing on to the roundabout just past the Parc Expo, where you must turn left.

PARCEXPO

PARC DES EXPOSITIONS
221 Avenue de l’Europe
69400 VILLEFRANCHE/SAONE
PARCEXPO
PARC DES EXPOSITIONS
221 Avenue de l’Europe
69400 VILLEFRANCHE/SAONE

Access / Parking

How to get to Villefranche

Coming by car

Villefranche is accessible directly from the motorway A6 – exit 31.2 (Villefranche-Centre)

It is 430 km from Paris on the A6

It is 350 km from Marseille on the “autoroute du Soleil” (motorway A7, then A6)

It is 140 km from Geneva on the “autoroute Blanche (motorways A40, A42, A46)

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Coming by train

Beware, the SNCF informs us that there will be no trains between Lyon and Macon on 17th and 18th November. Substitute buses will be set up by SNCF. Information

You can easily reach Villefranche-sur-Saône from the various High-Speed Train Stations in Lyon as well as from the one in Mâcon-Loché.
The SNCF station of Villefranche-sur-Saône is also connected through several regional lines.

Coming by plane

The international airport of Lyon Saint-Exupéry is 50 km from Villefranche-sur-Saône
You can either take a taxi to Villefranche-sur-Saône or get here by train by changing in Lyon Part-Dieu.

You should take the fast tram “Rhône Express” to get to Lyon Part-Dieu from outside the airport terminal and then catch one of the many trains that go to Villefranche-sur-Saône.

Where to stay during the International Marathon of Beaujolais?

You’re looking for somewhere to get a good night’s sleep before or after race day

Where to park in Villefranche?

There are several car-parks available around the town of Villefranche. In the light of the number of visitors (17000 runners), we would encourage you to use one of these car-parks and then make your way to the SNCF Station of Villefranche where shuttle buses will be waiting to take you to the Parc Expo.

Between 9h30 and 20h00, free shuttle buses for runners and those accompanying them will be running to take you to the town centre.

ParcExpo / Parking P0

Parking P1

Parking P2 / Plan d'eau

Note : The car-parks P0 and P0bis are reserved exclusively for runners on November 17th. All of the car-parks will be clearly indicated at the exit from the motorway A6.
During the busy periods of the day, the shuttle buses from the car-parks to the SNCF station of Villefranche will run about every 10 minutes between 9h30 and 20h00.

How to get to the locations within Villefranche-sur-Saône

Villefranche s/Saône
> ParcExpo

Rue de l’Industrie

Free Parking and shuttle buses on Saturday

From the centre of Villefranche : follow the signs for the A6 motorway to Paris but at the roundabout that takes you onto the motorway to Paris, turn left instead of right and then continue straight on at the next roundabout. The Parc Expo is then immediately on your left.

The entry is on the rue de l’Industrie which you reach by continuing on to the roundabout just past the Parc Expo, where you must turn left.

Villefranche s/Saône
>Town Centre

Avenue Saint Exupéry – Boulevard Jean-Jaurès / Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall)

Recommended car parks – see above

Sortie Autoroute A6 n°31a (Nord) ou n°31b (Sud).

Exit from motorway A6 No. 31.2a (from the north) and 31.2b (from the south)
Car parks will be indicated on the RN6 in both directions, however, you are strongly encouraged not to try to park in the centre of the town. Please use the car parks indicated and the free shuttle buses that are available for everyone.

Fleurie
> Town Hall

25 km north of Villefranche-sur-Saône, about 45 minutes drive under normal conditions.
Follow the signs for Mâcon on the RD306. Continue on through St Georges de Reneins after 8 km and then past Belleville-sur-Saône after 12km. Just before you arrive at Romanèche-Thorins, take left to Fleurie, which is indicated by a sign saying Point de Passage Obligatoire (compulsory route). Continue on up the road to Fleurie ensuring that you follow all other compulsory route signs.

It is strongly recommended that runners use the shuttle buses from ParcExpo between 6h30 and 7h15 on Saturday morning

Romanèche-Thorins
> Hameau du Vin (Wine Village)

796 route de la Gare

25 km north of Villefranche-sur-Saône, about 25 minutes drive under normal conditions.

Follow the signs for Mâcon on the RD306.

Continue on through St Georges de Reneins after 8 km and then past Belleville-sur-Saône after 12km.

When you see the sign for “La Maison Blanche”, turn left in the direction of Fleurie