Thirteen members of the Bordeaux wine trade are running the New York City Marathon this November.
The team includes Marie-Louise Schyler of Chateau Pichon Longueville, Kees Van Leeuwen of Cheval Blanc, Mathieu Cuvelier of Chateau Clos Fourtet, Henri Lurton of Chateau Brane Cantenac, David Launay of Chateau Gruaud Larose and Jean-Emmanel Danjoy of Chateau Clerc Milon.
They will join 45,000 other runners for one of the most renowned marathons in the world.
Ronan Laborde of Chateau Clinet, at 31 the youngest chateau runner: he has completed ten marathons, coming third in the 2010 Medoc Marathon and completing the 2010 Paris Marathon in 2 hours and 33 minutes.
Henri Lurton of Brane Cantanac, 49, is the oldest runner. He last ran the Medoc Marathon in 2003.
‘We not training together regularly right now because of the harvests, but meet at least once a month to ensure we are on track,’ Laborde told Decanter.com.
‘We have a doctor in the team as well, a 55-year-old cardiologist who has completed 15 marathons, so he is ensuring we are all ready to go.’
‘My normal life is not always that healthy, with way too many dinners for most of the year,’ Mathieu Cuvelier, on his second marathon after the Medoc Marathon in 2009, said. ‘This is also a good excuse to get into shape.’
The team is calling itself the Bordeaux Grand Crus Runners, and it will be raising money for the Lysistrata charity, which works to combat violence against women worldwide.
They are holding several fund-raising events in Bordeaux and New York, starting with a charity dinner on October 13.
The New York City Marathon takes place on 6 November 2011.
The runners are:
Marie-Louise Schyler,Chateau Pichon Longueville
Gilles Rambeaud , Maison Malet Roquefort/Chateau La Gaffeliere
Henri Lurton, Chateau Brane Cantenac
Kees Van Leeuwen, Chateau Cheval Blanc
Luca Leclrecq, Chateau Lafon-Rochet
Erwan Le Brozec, Chateau d’Armailhac
David Launay, Chateau Gruaud Larose
Ronan Laborde, Chateau Clinet
Yannick Evenou, Chateau La Dominique
Cecile Daquin, Chateau Pape Clement
Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy, Chateau Clerc Milon – his first marathon
Mathieu Cuvelier, Chateau Clos Fourtet
Julien Barthe, Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot
Written by Jane Anson in Bordeaux