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I raced for beer and bacon

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I noticed something familiar when I checked out my Runkeeper GPS map for the Race for the Bacon 5K.

It looked a lot like… bacon. A delicious, sizzling strip of meat candy.

OK, maybe it just looked like that to me after being literally surrounded by bacon.

I’m not sure if that was the intent of the course layout. But the it would certainly keep with the theme of baconizing everything.

The race was sponsored by meat mogul Patrick Cudahy, and took place in the city that bears the famous 19th century Milwaukee pork patriarch‘s name. The start line was in the shadow of Patrick Cudahy’s larger-than-life statue.

The third annual race and post-race bacon bash had bacon hats, bacon cookies, fruit cups with bacon topping, bacon potato salad, bacon chips and a huge bacon and ham sandwich. You even get a package of bacon as a prize at the finish line.

There was also the bacon aid station, where you could grab a strip on the run. Mixed with your dry mouth salvia it kind of tastes like you’re chomping on jerky while running. Maybe it was no coincidence that I passed someone who didn’t indulge in the mid-race bacon shortly after that aid station.

(Side note: If this gets your mouth watering, check out our Beer BBQ recipes.)

Of course, the proper way to washing something like that down was with beer. The finish line had refreshing cans of local Sprecher Amber.

Bacon races have started to slowly spread to other areas across the country, with similar events held in Atlanta, Chicago and elsewhere. But I can think of few places where it’s more appropriate than Milwaukee, just down the street from the bacon plant that’s been there for more than a decade.

This year I ended up coming in third place overall, good enough to bring home a cooler of thick cut bacon and a big slab of apple wood smoked ham off the bone. It’s way better than any medal.

Thanks for the great time for the third year in a row, Race for the Bacon. See you next year.

— Beer Runner (@TheBeerRunner) August 1, 2014

— Kelly Keefe (@KellyAKeefe) August 1, 2014

 

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Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at] draftmag.com.

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