Subtitle: Cotes de l'Orbe Half Marathon 2016
This is the report of Marcus and Agata's run around the Cotes de l'Orbe WINE half marathon. The idea is that you run a half marathon and ideally take a wine degustation at one or more of the 12 hospitality stations.
To us, it provides an additional challenge for the race, plus we don't need to waste any time post race opening a bottle ...
The Official Website
We noticed this year they offer a package deal where you can come and have VIP treatment and hotel accommodation. Top marks for inventiveness here.
About Drinking Alcohol
Without getting too preachy, we would say that we enjoy but keep alcohol consumption to an absolute minimum. Despite being very pleasurable and relaxing, alcohol represents large calorie intake in just minutes. As athletes Marcus and Agata feel
+ Its a pleasurable past-time, but make sure it is not an addiction
- Stopping drinking is a fast way to loose weight and improve fitness
- It is expensive, and really expensive in our home of Switzerland
+ The choice to drink, once you are of age, should be left to the individual. Else you may not be living in a free society.
Before the Start
Marcus attempts a selfie. Go easy, this is my second every selfie. I mean ever!
Before living in Switzerland we were ignorant to the point of not even knowing Switzerland had a wine industry. Living in Vaud we are literally less than 10Km from local vineyards, this canton has many growers but most produce is drunk locally either in Vaud or Switzerland. Not much is exported.
Follow these signs, and obey the numerous policeman who will be stopping traffic and being generally nice
Pay special attention to these signs, because here there will be wine tasting and sometimes some nibbles to eat too!
Stop #2 and Marcus is getting into the swing of things. The weather, the friendly atmosphere, this is going to be easy ....
Our Wine Prizes
We had an absolutely superb time. The course was by no means flat, but the hospitality of everybody concerned made the Kilometres just fly by without us hardly noticing them. An easy and relaxed Half marathon indeed.
Marcus drank at all the Degustation stations and was indeed rather jolly at the finish line, and had to have an emergency nap shortly after.
Considering the varied and hilly course, the modest price, the bon esprit, the nibbles and wine treats, Marcus would rank this as one of the best Half Marathons in Switzerland of the year.