Le Marathon des Leveurs de Coude

Ariane & Alix just returned from a whirlwind three day trip to Paris for Le Marathon des Leveurs de Coude, or marathon of the elbow benders. The marathon is wine tasting competition that celebrates French wine, the joy of rugby and serves as a tribute to the beloved French author Antoine Blondin. In this annual competition, teams of 10 suit up in crazy costumes and tastevins then make their way through the streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés while singing and sipping at 42 bars. We thought 42 cups of wine sounded daunting as is –then we learned that the marathon takes place in just 3 short hours. Teams have just over 3 minutes at each venue then it’s off in the streets again, singing, laughing, and carrying on as only wine-drinking-rugby-loving-costumed-competitors can.

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