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.
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:
- Like Keep Running MKE on Facebook
- Like Race for the Bacon on Facebook
- Follow Keep Running MKE on Twitter (@KeepRunningMKE)
- Follow Race for the Bacon on Twitter (@BaconRace)
- Share this post via Facebook or Twitter using the hashtags #KeepRunningMKE and #RaceForTheBacon
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!
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