Friday, September 25, 2015

Race Review: Iron Pigs #Bacon5k

Hi Fellow Runners!

I wasn't blogging back in 2015. Backlogging another race. 

The Bacon 5k Challenge, hosted by the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. (minor league baseball team). 

To forewarn you, this is not a normal 5k, it contains a food challenge! Mid 5k, you must eat a half pound of bacon! There is a non bacon challenge if you are interested, but this is the Iron Pigs, and they are all about the bacon!
Parking: it's a stadium, more than ample

Scenery: majority of the race is parking lot. but if you love bacon and baseball, that is fine.
Pre race: able to walk around the stadium. A dj, mascot, vendors, a great baseball and bacon crowd. Even a few runners dressed as bacon.

Race: starts fast/flat and then down a steep hill, turn around, and up that steep hill for about 1/4! Zig zag back and forth in the parking lot. 
Pause midway in front of the stadium. Eat a half pound of bacon! Some crunchy, some a bit fatty, but all delicious. No water to help with the bacon challenge. Hands get greasy, could use napkins. There are a few employees watching to make sure no one cheats on the challenge, you must show your empty container before taking off.
Resume the race! Remainder of the race is down and around the parking lot. Cramping up? No, that's just your arteries.. Lol. Down around the backside of the stadium, through the stadium, and around the warning track. Finishes just before home plate.

My results: from my Athlinks profile. The eating portion probably accounted for at least 3 minutes of that. lol 

Aid: adequate water for a 5k
Post race: party overlooking the baseball field with one "free" beer! Stadium is nice, not a bad seat in the house!
Swag: Tech tee shirt that has bacon scratch n sniff! bacon mid race, and a "free" beer after! 
Reflecting back, i would definitely do this again. Unfortunately 2016/17 were held the day before the Rock n Roll Philly half. Made the decision to do the half, and don't think it would be wise to do this the day before. 
Yikes, also looking back at these pics, i see when i used to wear basketball shorts for running! Definitely  learned a few things since then! lol 

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  1. Wow!! How much time do you think you spent eating the bacon, or was that pretty quick? I did a bacon 7K in my town last year. No bacon eating was required, but I did have bacon before, during and after the race (I doubt it was half a pound, though!).

  2. haha! I'm sure the bacon was delicious! mmm... bacon! I didn't time it, but it probably accounted for at least 3 minutes. It was a fun experience. Not sure if I'll do another food challenge or not. I have heard of an ice cream one nearby. I may like ice cream, but that doesnt sound like fun to me. lol


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