Run a few miles and eat a whole lot of bacon. Is there a better way to spend a summer evening?
You don’t want to miss this Thursday’s Race for the Bacon. It’s the perfect combo of great running competition mixed with fun before, during (Bacon Station!) and after the race.
Below, the Boss Hog tells us what to expect at this year’s event:
For details about this year’s race, visit our Featured Races page.
Race for the Bacon turns three this year – can you talk a bit about what makes this race special?
It is a celebration of two of the greatest things in the world: running and bacon. Could there be a better combination?
What should participants expect at this year’s event?
There will be a slight course change which will remove the out-and-back on the Oak Leaf Trail, but for the most part it will be the same. We really like Sheridan Park for an event like this.
Do you have any helpful course tips for participants?
Take it easy and have fun!
Can you tell us a bit about the mid-race bacon station? Did many racers take advantage of it last year?
Although the bacon station was hugely popular, most of the top runners did not eat any. Let’s hope that changes this year. Who knows, one of these years we may decide that you can’t be eligible for awards unless you eat a piece of bacon.
Who are this year’s top contenders for overall male and female?
Nick Szczech and defending champion Matt Thull look to be the favorites for the men’s race. Both are incredibly talented runners, and Nick is a hometown favorite since he grew up in Cudahy. On the women’s side, I am not sure who will be the favorites. Last year we had four women under 20 minutes; it would be nice to have that kind of talent again.
What’s on the menu for this year’s Bacon Bash?
We have a new caterer (Skyline Catering) this year and expect a huge improvement in the food. There will be an excellent sandwich with Patrick Cudahy bacon and ham served on a roll made by Angelic Bakehouse. We will also have several other bacon goodies (including a chocolate chip cookie with bacon), Sprecher beer and root beer and bottled water from Pick n Save.
Is race day registration offered? Also, can Bacon Bash tickets be purchased on race day?
We will have race-day registration for $40 and Bacon Bash tickets can be purchased for $15, all starting at 4:30 p.m. in Sheridan Park.
Any other comments?
New this year: a bacon-themed costume contest sponsored by BuyCostumes.com. Winner gets … bacon, of course!
Many thanks to the Boss Hog for all the great race info! MKE runners – will we see you at the race??
Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!