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We’re In Training For The Wine Marathon!

We’re In Training For The Wine Marathon!

blog , Laurita Winery , wine humor , Wine Weirdness 🕔April 30, 2018 0 comments

Not really. We’re in no shape for an endurance race. But the wine marathon is. a. thing. In fact, Bordeaux’s Marathon du Médoc is the ultimate vineyard run. The Guardian has the scoop.

The course is 26.2 miles through scenic vineyards and the participants – in compulsory fancy dress – are expected to indulge in 23 glasses of the famed vintages en route, while also stuffing themselves with local specialities such as oysters, foie gras, cheese, steak and ice-cream.

Whew.

That’s multiple endurance challenges taking place at the same time, is what that is. It’s a pub crawl on steroids. And not for beginners. You would assume such an event would bring consequences…

You would be right.

It’s Birdy who breaks into a spontaneous, projectile vomit around 18 miles (29km), necessitating another Imodium tablet.

The marathon began in 1985, and had grown to 10,000 runners by this year. Experts advise getting through by taking your time – the entire six and a half hour time allotted, in fact.

But after the first chateau, the stops come thick and fast, the wine and food – biscuits, waffles, fruit, sweets, cheese, bread, crackers – go down far too easily, and the temptation to stop for an impromptu boogie to the many wonderful local bands stationed along the route is too hard to resist.

At another point, the author and his partner drunkenly hopped into a lake for a little swim. And we admit that the more we read, the more we wish we could at least try the race…

And then we thought about the reality of running twenty-six miles and drinking twenty-six wines while eating all that food.

Half a mile from the end, Birdy keels over for his second vomit. Instantly a group of medics are around him checking that he’s OK. “He’s fine – just too much – you know,” I assure, making a drinking motion.

Right.

 

What about you? Going to start training for the Marathon du Médoc?

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