Summer wine travel tip II – Wine and Running

You can have water at the aid stations, but you will be asked: “red or white, Monsieur?”. Truly a different marathon experience, the Marathon du Medoc features 8000+ runners and a route that includes Chateau Latour, Lafite Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild, Lynch-Bages, and many more renowned wineries.  But no, it is not simply a wine tasting tour, it is a marathon, all 42km (26.2 mile) of it. With 23 aid stations offering the wines of Bordeaux, and many more just water.

Despite the having to race fancy dressed – this years theme is animals – it is a race restricted to runners only.  If walking is more your favorite choice of moving around, the next day recovery walk, albeit 10 km, in and around Bordeaux’ vineyards and castles is for you. 

Chances are you will not run your fastest time here, but you’ll probably have the greatest time.

Un Viking en tenue de sport, une infirmière à forte pilosité, des  cuisiniers pressés... Certains ne passaient pas inaperçus sur le  marathon. Photos Eric Despujols|| Despujols Eric

The race is hugely popular and fills up quickly. Plan ahead, and if you do not make 2011, go for 2012.  That will allow you to get in the extra training (probably) needed for the race…. Also, remember to include drinking a bit of wine each day and slowly increasing your dosage in your preparation for the race.

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