Well, here we are!
Autumn is peeking out from behind the last corner of summer, and we’re caught in that familiar place between seasons – resting between warmth & chill, scorching sun & pouring rain, luscious greens & autumnal reds. That beautiful time of year, when the world isn’t quite sure where it wants to be.
And, well, In the spirit of this uncertainty, this “in between” time of the seasons, I thought I needed an “in between” experience of my own: something to bridge the youthful feeling of going back to school, with the maturity and certainty of the grape harvest. And, I think – after a little searching – i’ve found it.
This Saturday 12th of September, I will be joining 8,000 other “epicuriens and epicuriennes”, recognised as “frantic, fun, sporty, crazy, (even tipsy in some rare cases) dressed-up” participants for the 25th edition of Marathon du Medoc – a 42km race across 52 Bordeaux vineyards, all geared toward one theme : CIRCUS.
The marathon organizers are allowing a maximum of 6 hours to complete the run, which gives you just enough time to play a brief blind tasting game on the way (while running), to moisten your lips in a Pauillac (… Margaux, Listrac, Moulis, Saint-Julien and Saint-Estèphe) grand crus, while running across the stunning landscape of the french vineyards. Not to mention that the “Route des Chateaux” is a little bit more rocky that the Thames riversides one would find in London, and above all, a little more abrupt, or should I say, hilly.
But, briefly: why Marathon du Medoc?
1. I’m running to raise money to improve the life condition of people with Alzheimer disease (and support those charities : Alzheimer’s Society and France Alzheimer for personal reasons)
2. I’m running to get the true enjoyment of fine alliance between performance and “joie de vivre”
3. Because it’s more than a marathon, it’s an incredible occasion to meet and socialize with 8,000 other people geared toward the same goal, with that incredible “niaque”
4. and last but not least … cause life is too short so you better enjoy it till it lasts… and what better way to enjoy it than dressing up, drinking fine wine, and running for a good cause!
Enough said. If you want to know more you go:
If you want to do more, you go:
If you want to join the fun and follow the race, you go:
That’s it for now. glass up to all readers, see you on the departure line!