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Top 3 wine marathons

This Sunday, nearly 57,000 runners will set foot on the cobblestones of Paris for the 40th edition of the Paris Marathon. On the occasion of this mythical event, we propose you to discover marathons of another kind in the heart of our vineyards. 3, 2, 1... Top start for 3 wine marathons!

The Wine Marathon of Blaye

With the slogan "Running without moderation", the Blaye Wine Marathon offers a tasty mix between sport and wine tourism. Created in 2004, this event returns at the beginning of May for its thirteenth edition in the heart of the vineyards of the Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux appellation.

Beyond the race, the event owes its success to its friendly and festive atmosphere. The participants are invited to compete in creativity by dressing up in their most beautiful disguises. Rhythmed to the sounds of the various musical animations, the runners will be able to admire the landscapes of the region, the numerous castles, without forgetting the Citadel of Blaye, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the route, participants will be able to count on the many tastings to regain their strength. The lucky marathon runners will be able to continue the party late into the night and enjoy a final walk through the vineyards the next morning. To enjoy the whole atmosphere without running the marathon, the organizers also propose a 10 km walk in the vineyards.

Our opinion: Once is not customary, the Bordeaux region surprises us with a new oenotouristic route. This event will delight wine lovers as well as sportsmen and women in search of a new challenge.

Practical information :
Date: Saturday 7 May 2016
Location: Blaye, Gironde
For more information: www.marathondesvinsdeblaye.com

The Alsace Vineyard Marathon

As the summer holidays approach, the Alsace vineyards invite us to the most festive event of the month of June. Since 2005, the Alsace Wine Marathon combines with taste: sport, celebration and the richness of the Alsatian heritage.

To motivate the competitors, the organizers of the Alsace Wine Marathon have their little secrets. In addition to the sporting supplies, the competitors will be able to take advantage of numerous gastro-vinicultural stages where they can taste the famous pretzel associated with the freshThey will be able to taste the Sylvaner cheese, the delicious kougelhopf accompanied by Pinot Blanc with discreetly fruity notes, or the famous sauerkraut married with the vivacity of Riesling. To delight young and old alike, different courses are proposed: the marathon, the half-marathon, the 10 kilometres, the children's race or the heart walk to benefit an association for organ donation. Around the race, the participants will also be able to enjoy the animations of the "Marathon Village", the atmosphere of the "Spaëtzle Party" and the many surprises planned for the occasion.

Our opinion: Rich of its heritage, its specialities and its traditions, the vineyard of Alsace promises to delight young and old on the occasion of this great appointment of the summer!

Practical information :
Dates: Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 June 2016
Location: Molsheim, Bas-Rhin
For more information: www.marathon-alsace.com

The Médoc Marathon

Back in Bordeaux, the start of September heralds a new edition of the Médoc marathon. Considered to be the longest marathon in the world, this event brings together several thousand runners each year from all over the world.

Placed under the sign of "tales and legends", the 32nd edition calls on the imagination of the competitors for a race that already promises to be historic and mythical. Decked out in their best outfits, the participants will cross the vineyards of the famous Pauillac, Médoc, Haut-Médoc and Saint-Estèphe appellations. Around the race, many activities will be organised, combining conviviality, celebrations, but also sport and health: medical-sports symposium, evenings in the heart of the châteaux, tastings of regional specialities and many other surprises!

Our opinion: Ideal to extend the summer holidays, this event invites the many runners to a wonderful journey into the world of "tales and legends" and the vineyards of the region.

Practical information :
Date: Saturday 10th September 2016
Location: Pauillac, Gironde
For more information: www.marathondumedoc.com

Quentin (Les Grappes)

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