Pay attention all you runners out there!! (and even if you are not a runner, this event is not to be missed!). Last Saturday, the girls and I headed up to the Marathon des Chateaux du Medoc. Yes, it's a real marathon whose route winds through some of the most beautiful wine country and chateaux in the world. The 26.2 miles pass through about 59 vineyards situated in the beautiful charming towns of the Medoc-Bordeaux region. But there are a few unique features to this marathon...
The first unique feature is that this race is a costumed race where runners dress up appropriate to the theme of the year. This year the theme was Science fiction. As you can see from the photos, anything one could think of relating to science fiction, super heros, space travel, aliens was covered. The participants in this race take this part very seriously! It's definitely part of the fun!
|Caped Crusaders & Aliens|
|Yes, this guy was actually a runner - God bless him!|
|Aviatar, Trekkies & a Cavewoman?|
|Pirates of the Caribbbean.|
|COLA Construction workers|
|Running with their space ship!|
|Even Aliens have a space ship too!|
|More Avitar, Wonder Woman and school girls?|
|Mr. Incredible, Superman & various others.|
The second unique feature of this race is the drink stations - At this race, one is asked if they want "Red or White?"...wine that is! Essentially this marathon is run between all of these chateaux or wineries and the participants get to taste each special blend. It's a giant tasting party, with some excercise built in! In addition to the degustation of the wine, local food can also be sampled by the runners along the route- there are cheese, meats, oysters, ham, all the local specialties Just imagine how picturesque and beautiful this course could be, running and jogging through gorgeous vineyards, enjoying the rolling landscape, being able to view some of the most beautiful Chateaux in France. If you are a runner, this marathon is definitely one to check out. (Almost makes me want to take up running!)
|The more traditional part of the water station at Chateaux Rose-Paulliac|
|The more interesting part of the stop|
|Red wine anyone?|
|Love the wine in one hand and the water bottle in the other!|
|One of the ghostbusters modeling his lovely glass!|
|Little green men do exist!|
|The beginning of the finish line|
|Decorated to support!|
|More International flavor!|
|2 American runners|
Marathons are not for the weak, they are for the hard-core runner - after all 26.2 miles is quite long. I mean let's look at that distance for a moment. If one was driving a car at 55 mph, that mean it would take 30 minutes to arrive at your destination. 30 minutes of sitting in a car, letting your engine drive you there. But imagine if you were the one burning the energy - a person causally can walk a 20 min. mile. If one was to walk this - 524 minutes - or between 8 and 9 hours to complete. If you were to begin at 9 am - you wouldn't be done until 5-6 pm and that's without stopping!
So imagine running this length, and then imagine stopping to enjoy some of the local fare and of course, the wine! Yes, the wine - and now you can see why this marathon has been dubbed "The Longest Marathon in the World!"
|Love the Poster!|
|Even some of the spectators got into the fun spirit! Love the squirt gun!|
|Girls enjoyed some time on the playground near the waterfront|
|A lot of fun!|
|Love the totem at one of the roundabouts near St. Julien|
|Investigating the grapes!|
|Don't they look delicious?|
|Almost harvest time!|
|Chocolate from Mademoiselle de Margaux - Delicious!!|