The Amazing Médoc Wine-athon

All set before the start

I started running with a fun loving group called the Hash House Harriers, which describes itself as a Drinking club with a Running problem. Hashers run in over 150 countries (including India) and have chapters in over 1500 cities – however, the Hashers do not claim to be athletes and are non-competitive short distance amblers, with their main fluid being beer. Over the years, I progressed to running longer distances and have run several marathons and Ultra marathons in India, Europe, and South Africa.

All set before the start, Sunil Chainani

Several years ago, on a flight back from Paris, I happened to see a short film featuring the Marathon du Medoc – an amazing run through the beautiful Medoc region near Bordeaux. This is a full marathon (42.2 kilometres) which winds its way through vineyards and some of the region’s top chateaus – and the refreshment stops serve a variety of fancy foods and of course wine!! Wine stops in a marathon – yes, not one but almost 25 such stops….and yet you need to cover the full marathon. 2017 was the 33rd edition of this wine-a-thon.


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