Let’s face it, nobody likes running. It’s hard, and it’s boring… there are simply better ways to spend your time.
If that sounds like something, you’d say, hold on one cotton-picking minute, as we may have found the perfect solution for you – the wine and cheese marathon.
Marathons are historically among the most grueling of all endurance events, yet the Marathon du Medoc in France offers runners the opportunity to gorge on as much vin et fromage as they like.The route takes participants through a range of vineyards and estates – with a castle or two thrown in for good measure (it is France, after all).
However, as well as the standard water stations to keep runners hydrated, participants can stop off at the occasional stall too to indulge in wine tasting sessions and cheese sampling.In the rather unlikely event that neither of these takes your fancy, you can also tuck into some local grapes, ice creams, and even oysters.
Although it might differ in many ways from the traditional marathon, there is one factor you may recognize: fancy dress.Each year, thousands set off in their best costumes – whether it is bottles of wine, Vikings or even aliens, it is an eclectic mix of characters, with the best dressed receiving a prize.
Runners are given 6.5 hours to complete the course, which organizers say is enough time for even amateur runners to enjoy the beautiful scenery, as well as a glass or two.
Though it might sound like a bit of a laugh, you should remember that it is still a marathon – that’s 26.2 miles, so possibly wise to take it easy with the alcohol if you want to make it over the finish line.
And it isn’t all about the alcohol. Set in the south-west of the country, it’s the perfect opportunity for participants to enjoy the great views, discover some historic sites, and enjoy some live music from bands that perform during the race.
The winners in both the female and male categories are awarded their weight in Medoc wines. The first three in each group will also receive a case of fine wine.
The race takes place on September 7th, 2019 – for more information, click here.