Great American Bacon Race: Running for the Bacon Obsessed

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Running is one of the most popular sports in the United States, with road races being one of the fastest-growing sports-related weekend pastimes.

According to Running USA's State of the Sport report, the number of running events in the United States in 2012 totaled an astounding 26,370, with 15,534,000 finishers.

Road races, once considered the domain of the professional athlete or the deranged, are more popular than ever, thanks to race directors hosting events catered to just about every preference and interest. There are races that allow you to run in technicolor, play in mud, avoid zombies, and mingle with Disney characters. And now, ladies and gentlemen, you can run with bacon.

The Great American Bacon Race has just been announced -- and its inaugural race will take place in Miami. On Saturday, April 5, at 8 a.m., get set to run possibly the first 5K that rewards participants with bacon, at Oleta River State Park in North Miami Beach.

How much bacon?

Can you say piggy overload? There's a bacon-themed T-shirt, a meaty medal, and even free bacon on the course. (We're not sure how bacon tastes with a Gatorade chaser, but we're damn sure going to find out.)

After the run, stay for the Bacon Bash, where you can indulge in free bacon beer and live music as you chow down on more bacon at a pork-themed food truck roundup.

If you're wondering whether you can run a 5K, just break it up into segments (with bacony rewards). That should get you going. Plus, the mere scent of all that fried flesh will surely lure you to the finish line.

Thirty-five bucks gets you race entry (along with a shirt, finisher medal, and bacon). Use code BACON5 to take $5 off. There'll also be a kiddie one-miler where your budding bacon lover can run a shorter distance and still bring home some bacon. (The Kid Dash costs $15.) Register at americanbaconrace.com. Training begins right after we finish our bacon and eggs.
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Oleta River State Park

3400 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, FL

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22 comments
Dayan Carballea
Dayan Carballea

LoL ^^^ I can't, I'm hosting another BBQ bash that day .

Scot Bohaychyk
Scot Bohaychyk

Now why would I run for bacon? I can walk to the coffee shop and they'll give me some.

Muri Alvarez
Muri Alvarez

This will be HILLARIOUS I pay to see you running for bacon!!! #EPIC DolfanMitch Rulz

David Puentes
David Puentes

Ronald Puentes lets do it! come on! you know you wanna! it'll be fun and involves beer! and bacon! and you get to say you did a 5k at the end even if you walk the thing! dooooooo iiiiiiiiiiiiit. I wanna but I don't wanna be eating bacon and beer at the afterparty on ma owns!

Muri Alvarez
Muri Alvarez

DolfanMitch Rulz we should sign up for this!!! #BC #Bacon lol

Rafael Fernandez
Rafael Fernandez

Scot Bohaychyk if this doesn't make you run then I give up!

Bryan Coiffman
Bryan Coiffman

I dont run. However, if this gets Justin off his ass, then I support it 100%.

Tikal Ripken
Tikal Ripken

JasmineInspire LoveRobinson I'm not running for bacon

Clarence Bolanos
Clarence Bolanos

Justin Robles....you think Bryan Coiffman would run for such a great cause? Lol Patrick McFadden.....you see what you are missing by living in Orlando..... Lol Should be an awesome cause to run a 5k!!!

Clarence Bolanos
Clarence Bolanos

Patrick McFadden and Justin Robles...... Mmmmmm BACON!!!

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