Let’s face it: almost no one likes running.
It’s boring, it’s hard, and there are better ways to spend your time.
If that sounds familiar, don’t worry, because we’ve got the perfect solution for you: the wine and cheese marathon.
Even though marathons are historically one of the most grueling of all endurance events in the world, the Marathon du Medoc in France offers runners the opportunity to gorge on as much vin et fromage as they want.
Participants are taken through a range of vineyards and estates, and there is even a castle or two thrown in the route.
However, instead of the usual water stations, participants of the marathon can stop off at the occasional stall to indulge in wine tasting sessions and cheese sampling.
Oh, you can also tuck in some local grapes, ice creams, and even oysters!
And yet another way in which this marathon differs is that thousands of people that set off for the marathon each year do it in their best costumes. Whether it is Vikings, bottles of wine, or even aliens, it’s an interesting mix of characters, and the best dressed wins a prize.
Runners have 6.5 hours to complete the route, and organizers say that it’s enough time even for amateur runners to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
However, even though it might sound like a laugh, it’s still a 26.2 miles long marathon, so it’s not advisable to go hard on the alcohol.
The winners in both the female and male categories are awarded their weight in Medoc wines, and the first three in each group also receive a case of fine wine.