A Marathon of Food, Wine, and Fun 史上最「酒」馬拉松

 

精英翻譯社轉自:https://paper.udn.com/udnpaper/POH0061/344544/web/

 

by Daniel Howard

 

  A marathon is one of the most challenging athletic competitions. Running for more than 42 kilometers requires a lot of training and discipline. For some people, it is the most difficult thing they will ever do. But the Marathon du Medoc—formally the Marathon des Chateaux du Medoc—motivates its runners with unexpected perks: live shows, gourmet foods, and top-tier wine.
  馬拉松是最具挑戰性的體育競賽之一。要跑超過四十二公里需要大量的訓練及紀律。對一些人而言,這將會是他們做過最困難的事情。不過梅鐸紅酒馬拉松(正式名稱為波爾多葡萄酒馬拉松)用超乎預期的額外好康來激勵跑者:現場表演、佳餚美食以及高檔紅酒。

 

  The Marathon du Medoc is unique among marathons for its dedication to fun and local culture. The night before the race is often filled with feasting and partying; the Pasta Party is famous for being both delicious and exhausting. The fun then continues after the marathon with more food, music, dancing, and wine. There is even a ball open to all competitors and spectators followed by a fireworks show. However, that's nothing compared to the race.
  梅鐸紅酒馬拉松因致力於娛樂及在地文化而在所有馬拉松中獨樹一格。比賽前一晚常充滿了盛宴及派對;義大利麵派對以既美味又令人精疲力盡而聞名。這種歡樂場面會在馬拉松結束之後以更多的食物、音樂、舞蹈及紅酒來延續下去。甚至還有開放給所有參賽者及觀眾的舞會,在那之後是一場煙火秀。不過,那都比不上這場馬拉松比賽。

 

  Runners must compete in a costume. The theme for 2019 is superheroes, so runners are expected to dress up like Wonder Woman or Captain America. Over the course of the race, runners have the opportunity to sample local wines and produce. There are a total of 22 refreshment stands, 21 food stands, and 51 live events along the route. Local schoolchildren are also known to dress up in costumes and cheer competitors on. Runners have six and a half hours to finish the race, and unlike in most marathons, many participants choose to take a more relaxed pace. This way, they can enjoy the amazing wines from the nearby vineyards and the gourmet foods like fresh oysters and locally sourced steaks.
  跑者必須穿著奇裝異服來參賽。2019 年的主題是超級英雄,因此跑者被預期會打扮得像神力女超人或美國隊長。在比賽過程中,跑者有機會品嚐當地的紅酒及農產品。沿著路線總共會有二十二個點心飲料攤、二十一個小吃攤以及五十一個現場活動。據說當地學童也會盛裝打扮為選手加油。跑者有六個半小時來完成比賽,且與大多數馬拉松不同的是,許多參賽者選擇較放鬆的步調。如此一來,他們就能享用附近葡萄園的美酒,以及像是新鮮生蠔和當地生產的牛排等佳餚美食。

 

  However, for anyone thinking that the Marathon du Medoc is just a fun walk in the country, it is worth remembering that it is still a difficult race. There are a limited number of runners allowed to participate, and each has to provide a medical certificate to show that they are able to handle the run. The health check might not say whether runners can manage all the food, dancing, and wine, but it sure sounds like fun.
  然而,對於任何以為梅鐸紅酒馬拉松只是一場在鄉下的有趣散步的人來說,值得記住的是,它仍是一場困難的比賽。能參賽的跑者人數有限,而且每位跑者都得提供醫療證明以表示他們能夠應付這場賽跑。健康檢查也許不能說明跑者是否能應付所有食物、舞蹈及紅酒,不過這場活動聽起來確實很有趣。

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