“Le Marathon Des Chateaux Du Medoc” has over 20 wine stops on the course

We were only in the Bordeaux region briefly.

It wasn’t like we recorded Exile on Main Street (although we did some decent writing).

But friends of Amy’s had taken us from the train station to Moubisson, and two weeks later picked us up, but only after a luxiourous lunch in Bordeaux, at their vineyard (I got excited because I got the Internet to work and downloaded and sent two weeks of Internet stuff).

Rebecca Fishbein of Bustle writes the world’s longest boozy race Bordeaux is in which participants are supposed to pair running with 23 glasses of Bordeaux wine. That seems … not what marathons are intended for, but it certainly sounds more pleasant than pairing running with protein gels and chafed nipples, so.

Apparently, the Marathon du Médoc is an age-old tradition, dating all the way back to, um, 1985. Every September, thousands of people from all over the world descend upon Bordeaux to take part in the race, which is essentially the opposite of a regular marathon. According to the Guardian, participants dress in costume instead of JackRabbit gear, which means attendees might show up as sexy policemen, Smurfs, zombies, or zebras; they wind through beautiful vineyards and chateaus, where they stop for wine, cheese, waffles, fruits and oysters, which cannot possibly be conducive foods for exercise; there is at least one steak break, and, of course, there are the aforementioned 23 glasses of wine. The race takes about six and a half hours, and unlike real marathon races, participants are encouraged to take that time, and not actually speed through it all. But even without a sprint, the race does lead to some, uh, interestingmoments, like this one in the Guardian:

Plodding along in my own merry way, I’m quite oblivious to the mileage we’re getting through. It’s Birdy who breaks into a spontaneous, projectile vomit around 18 miles (29km), necessitating another Imodium tablet. “Too late,” he shouts, seconds later, running off at a speed we could have done with a while back towards the nearest chemical toilet.


103 sick from Salmonella at NC Holiday Inn; outbreak over

The Salmonella outbreak linked to a North Carolina Holiday Inn has been declared over with 103 sick, and no cause in sight.

The outbreak associated with the Holiday Inn Bordeaux was declared over by County Public Health Director Buck Wilson who stated there have been no Holiday Inn Bordeaux .North Carolinacases with onset after May 15.

Since May 1, officials have investigated 103 cases of people having symptoms consistent with salmonella.

The North Carolina epidemiology team is working on the final investigation report, which will be released upon being finalized.

Science says: wine-in-a-box OK

That’s a relief. I love my vino in a box, or from a box. In Maubisson, France, I’d bike to the store, and the dude would fill up a 2 litre bottle with Bordeaux from a box. Awesome.

Gary J. Pickering, senior author of a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry says that for some reason the researchers can’t explain, wines stored in Tetra Pak-brand cartons had the lowest levels of unwanted chemicals, called methoxypyrazines.

One possibility, Pickering said, is that the chemicals escape through the carton’s innermost layer, made of polyethylene, and then attach to an adjacent layer made of aluminum foil.

The best storage method for preventing that problem, the study found, was a bottle sealed with a screw-cap – which, like the cardboard carton, has some connoisseurs wrinkling their refined noses.