Race It: Race for the Bacon

Peanut butter & jelly. Salt & pepper. Runners & bacon.

Let’s face it – some things belong together 😉

You won’t want to miss out on this year’s Race for the Bacon – which is quickly becoming the most popular MKE summer race. Below, Boss Hog tells us all about this year’s event, including the new 0k race.

For race specifics, view our Featured Races page.


All photos by Bill Flaws – Running in the USA

Race for the Bacon turns four this year – can you talk a bit about what makes this one a favorite for Milwaukee runners?
This has to be considered one of the best races of the summer. It brings together running and bacon, and also the setting is perfect for an event like this. It’s a celebration of running and bacon!

What should participants expect at this year’s event?
It will be more of the same: a fun race in a nice park setting and some great food, beverages and live music at the finish.

Can you tell us about this year’s course?
The course is a combination of streets and parkway. The highlight is going down Lake Drive in Cudahy; it’s such a beautiful street. Runners also get to experience the beauty of Sheridan Park right along Lake Michigan. It’s mostly a flat course with a few rolling hills, but definitely not difficult.


Will the race have a mid-race bacon station again? Any tips for grabbing and eating a piece of bacon without breaking stride?
Yes, the bacon station will be back! One thing I have noticed is that the fastest runners always manage to grab a piece of bacon and get it down without slowing their pace. I figure if they can do it, anyone can. We make sure to place the water table after the bacon table so if you need something to wash down your bacon, it’s right there.


Are there any top contenders yet for overall male and female? What are the prizes for placing overall?
I am not sure who the top runners will be this year, but we usually get a few of the faster ones from the Milwaukee area. The top three male and female finishers will get a cool plaque, but even better, they get to take home a bunch of Patrick Cudahy bacon.

New this year is the 0k race – can you tell us a bit about it?
The 0k race was designed for those who want the post-race bacon and the cool shirt we always give out, but don’t want to run a 5k. We will have some type of start/finish for these people and then send them over to the bacon tent. It’s the first 0k race that I know of in the Milwaukee area and probably one of the only in the country.

What’s on the menu at this year’s Bacon Bash?
The menu is somewhat of a secret, but I can tell you that Chef Ernie at Skyline Catering has some treats in store. It will be every bit as delicious as last year.


Is race day registration offered? Also, can Bacon Bash tickets be purchased on race day?
Yes, people can register at the race although pre-registration is recommended to guarantee a shirt. Tickets for the Bacon Bash will also be available at the door.

If you could pick any local celebrity to come run Race for the Bacon, who would you pick and why?
I would love to see the ghost of Patrick Cudahy participate in the Bacon Race. After all, he founded the City of Cudahy and the bacon company.

MKE Runners – who wants to win a race entry to this year’s Race for the Bacon??

To enter to win a free race entry, tell us in the comments section:

If you could run Race for the Bacon with anyone, who would you pick?

Best of luck to all who enter. We’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, June 24.

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.

16 thoughts on “Race It: Race for the Bacon

  1. Hum… I would love to win a race entry but if I could run with anyone it would have to be the biggest bacon lover I know Steve Pavlik!

  2. I would love to win a free race entry! If I could run with anyone it would have to be the biggest bacon lover I know … Steve Pavlik!

  3. I would love to run the race with Louis Zamperini, although he’d smoke me 🙂 Maybe he could bring it down to my pace and we could have a nice conversation.

  4. If I won a free entry, I would give it to my daughter, Laura, because I’m already entered. She got me started in running three years ago, and it would be fun to run side-by-side with her in such a fun race!

  5. How fun! I’d love to do this with my sister!

  6. I would love to run this with my InStep 101 running class group! We “graduated” yesterday and this would be a fun race for us!

  7. I’d run it with my lovely wife. She loves bacon almost as much as I do.

  8. If I could run it with anyone? How bout Kevin Bacon? (Hey, might not be realistic, but Bacon racing for bacon???)

  9. I would love to run with my Mom!

  10. I would most like to run this race with my dad. A fond memory is of him making Sunday breakfast.

  11. Jim Gaffigan – the only man who loves bacon more than I do!

  12. I would pick to run with the guy who brings home the bacon in my family, my husband. My kids would love for me to buy extra food tickets for them but they’d rather mom and dad run than them. 🙂

  13. If I could run this race with anyone, it would be with my bestie Jac, who lives in Virginia. Her and I have thrown down some bacon feasts many times.

  14. I’d probably just run it with my favorite local running buddies, I already know I enjoy their company 🙂

  15. Why Kevin Bacon of course!

  16. My former running partner, Chocolate Lab, Bailey. Bailey never passed up Beggin Strips.

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