If you’ve ever scrolled through social media at all the people out there training for and running in marathons and thought about joining them, that’s a start. And if you’re looking for a little more motivation to lace up your shoes and start training, we have just the thing: a marathon in France that includes wine tastings and snacks.
The annual Marathon du Médoc is a 26.2-mile race in Bordeaux, France, every September. All the athletes are required to wear a costume and along the way, participants are invited to try 23 different wines on the course and there’s at least one break for steak. The path takes runners through vineyards, past chateaux, and gives them time to sample cheese, ice cream, and even oysters.
Are the conditions extreme? Yes, but no one has ever died at the Marathon du Médoc, although it probably helps that all contestants have to submit a medical certification to compete. The race takes around six and a half hours to finish and they encourage everyone to take their time. And that’s a good thing, since a journalist for The Guardian who competed in it admits there's an awful lot of projectile vomit on the course. Well what do you expect with wine, oysters, and all that running?