If you love wine, running and New York, come applaud 15 Classed Growths of Bordeaux whose managers decided to run the New York Marathon in November 2011 to raise money for a good cause. Under the name “Bordeaux Grands Crus Runners”, those marathon veterans will run the 26.2 miles to celebrate wine and raise money for the organization Lysistrata, which works to defend women’s rights in the world. The famous artist Titouan Lamazou is one of its supporters and will cover the event.
Taking advantage of the international coverage of the event, the French Runners will contribute by auctioning some of their best wines to help Lysistrata. They will also promote the Bordeaux wines by dinners and prestigious events.
Each of the 15 Runners has different reasons to leave for New York: Marie-Louise Schÿler, Communication Director of Château Pichon Longueville in Pauillac, is there for “the values of conviviality, solidarity and helping others”. For Henri Lurton, owner of Château Brane-Cantenac, “New York represents the challenge of overcoming his “deficient aptitude” through team spirit and, above all, the motivation of being able to proudly sport a coveted medal”. Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy, Director of Château Clerc Milon in Pauillac, “has been motivated in his training by the group’s enthusiasm, the charitable dimension to the project and the sporting challenge.”
Whatever the reason driving those men and women to run in New York, the cause, the event and the challenge are worth all the efforts, energy and talent put together to make a great success of the Grands Crus Runners’ initiative. Hat to them all!