What’s Shakin at This Year’s Race for the Bacon + A Race Entry Giveaway!

MKE’s Patrick Cudahy Race for the Bacon 5k Run/Walk has turned out to be quite the trend-setter. Bacon races are now popping up all around the country and there’s even a nationwide series of bacon races being started by the company that owns the Warrior Dash.

“We are flattered,” says Chris Ponteri, the founder of the MKE race. “But it’s not surprising, since bacon and running are two of the hottest trends around.”

Registration for the 2014 Patrick Cudahy Race for the Bacon 5k Run/Walk is now open. The race will be held Thursday, July 31 at Sheridan Park in Cudahy and will begin at 6:30pm. Following the race, participants can indulge in a huge Bacon Bash featuring lots of bacon-y delights, plenty of beverages and live music in a park setting overlooking Lake Michigan. Last year’s event drew around 900 participants.

sm20130801_182946_img_0026Photo by Bill Flaws, Running in the USA

sm20130801_183426_img_0070Photo by Bill Flaws, Running in the USA

When the Race for the Bacon started in 2012, it was alone in the “bacon run” category. Then last year came the Great Bacon Race in Vancouver, Washington, and this year will see the addition of the Great American Bacon Race in Miami Beach, Florida, as well as the Bacon Chase series, which is launching in Chicago and Atlanta in 2014, and is set to expand to other cities in 2015 and beyond.

The race here has received national attention so it’s not a surprise to anyone that it has attracted imitators. But Ponteri said he is skeptical about the success of a national event like the Bacon Chase.

“These things are best done locally,” he noted. “We thought about taking ours national but it’s just not the type of event that lends itself to that format. We have a strong local sponsor in Patrick Cudahy and a strong charity partner in the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of JDRF. We plan for our race to be around for years to come while these national series have a much shorter life cycle.”

Think you have what it takes to bring home the bacon?

We’re giving away one race entry to a lucky MKE runner! To enter:

  • Tell us about your favorite bacon treat in the comments section!

For additional entries do the following and let us know you did each action in separate comments:

Good luck! We’ll pick a winner at random on Monday, April 7 and announce the winner on Tuesday, April 8. Be sure to check back on Tuesday morning to see if you’re our winner!*

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

*Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize by emailing keeprunningmke@gmail.com. If the prize is not claimed within that time frame, we will select a new winner.

36 thoughts on “What’s Shakin at This Year’s Race for the Bacon + A Race Entry Giveaway!

  1. Hands down my favorite bacon treat…jalepenos filled with cream cheese and wrapped on bacon grilled to perfection on the grill!

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  6. I ran this race the first year and the bacon peanut butter balls were the best! Sounds gross if you’ve never had them, but I’m STILL talking about them 2 years later 🙂

  7. I like Keep Running MKE on facebook.

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  9. I follow Race for the Bacon on Twitter (and they follow me! 🙂 )

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  12. Shared post on Twitter!

  13. I’d love to try this race! One of my recent favorites is bacon with Brussels sprouts.

  14. My Favorite Bacon Treat – hands down jalepenos filled with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon grilled to perfection on the grill!

  15. my favorite bacon treat–bacon-wrapped water chestnuts!

  16. i like keep running MKE on FB

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  18. i follow @baconrace on twitter.

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  21. i’m a pretty traditional bacon eater but i’m open for all things bacon! mmmmm bacon! like both on fb, don’t have a twitter account, and shared on fb. 🙂

  22. I loved the chocolate covered bacon at State Fair, but after (finally) trying one for the first time, not much beats a normal BLT! (With extra bacon, of course)

  23. I follow @keeprunningmke on twitter (as @cmcasarez)

  24. My favorite bacon treat is just plain ol’ bacon.

  25. My favorite bacon treat is plain ol’ bacon

  26. I like Keep Running Mke on facebook

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  28. I follow @BaconRace on Twitter

  29. I like Bacon race on facebook

  30. My favorite bacon treat: Bacon on a Maple Glaze donut! Doesn’t get any better than that!!

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  33. Following @BaconRace

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  35. Posted on my FB page–Search James Brown, Milwaukee

  36. i like Bacon Pancakes – laya strip of bacon on a falt electric griddle, pour pancake batter over it and it cooks into the pancake! This race is so much fun! I

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