7 bucket list running races for alcohol lovers

If you’re partial to a couple of beers or glasses of wine on a Friday night (or any night of the week for that matter), these are the boozy races to add to your bucket list.


Marathon du Medoc 

When: Saturday 8th September 2018

Where: Bordeaux, France

Lowdown: 26.2 miles through the vineyards of Bordeaux, there’s 23 wine-tasting stops along the way, live music and compulsory fancy dress for runners. You’ll have to finish in six and a half hours to get a medal and that extra congratulatory bottle of wine, but you can run, jog or walk the course as you drink.

Related: What happened when I ran the infamous Marathon du Medoc 


Run Bacchus 

When: Sunday 9th September 2018

Where: Surrey, England

Lowdown: A celebration of English wine and running, the Run Bacchus marathon takes you through the English countryside, with 12 ‘refreshment stops’ on offer. Held in Dorking’s Denbies Wine Estate, runners can choose to take part in a marathon, half-marathon or five-mile run/walk. There’s also live music and a post-race hog roast.


Beer Lovers Marathon 

When: Sunday 20th May 2018

Where: Liege, Belgium

Lowdown: The clue is in the title – a running race for beer lovers, as well as the usual water and fuel stations, runners can sample 15 different Belgian beers as they take on this 26.2 miles. Each stop is also accompanied by ‘musical animation’ to help get you round. Cheers.


Lanzarote Wine Run 

When: Saturday 17th June 2018

Where: Las Palmas, Lanzarote

Lowdown: An event that lets you sample some of Lanzarote’s finest wines and food, you can choose between taking on a half-marathon or a 10KM walk. Both go through Lanzarote’s wine region, with wine tasting and tapas stops along the course.


Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon 

When: Sunday 4th November 2018

Where: Walt Disney World Resort, Florida

Lowdown: A rare opportunity to run through a night-lit Disney theme park, capped off with an all-night party at the finish line. The wine and dine private party for runners at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival features 25 kiosks with food and wines from all over the world.


Water to Wine half marathon 

When: Sunday 5th August 2018

Where: Fulton, California

Lowdown: Taking you through three wineries in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country, the half marathon starts and finishes at Kendall Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens. There’s also a 10K course if you want to take things a little easier, or perhaps make this race part of a summer holiday.


Beer mile 

Of course, you don’t need an organised event to do a Beer Mile – just gather some friends, head to a running track with 4 x 355ml beers each and then drink a beer, run a lap, a beer, a lap etc etc until you've run four laps. Read what happened when the Runner’s World team took on the beer mile.