If you think that marathon runners live abstemious, Spartan lifestyles, then you've clearly never been to the Saarland . This, after all, is where the Gourmet Marathon is held in Saarbrücken every year: an event that combines sport with fine food in a region overflowing with culinary delights. Here, there's more than fruit and isotonic beverages on offer, as tartes flambées and apple and ginger drinks lift runners' spirits. Spectators, meanwhile, can enjoy a gourmet market packed with regional specialities. The marathon route itself runs through some of the most scenic areas of Saarbrücken, making this a feast for the eyes as well.