Some Running Races Are “Must-Eat” To Win ~
Runners are known for reveling in their post-race treats. At some events, however, runners must actually eat to compete in the race.
Here are our current top 5 weird and fun food-related races:
1. The Hot Dog Challenge
Hold the onions, please. Although the New York Rogue Runners’ race is “only” 2.5 miles through New York City’s Central Park, Midtown and Times Square, the obstacles get more, urp! challenging as you advance through the race: Competitors must stop at 10 marked food carts along the route, then buy and eat a hot dog before running to the next stop.
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2. The Twinkie Run
If running a 5K justifies us eating anything we want for the rest of the day, then The Twinkie Run is on our to-do list. Held on April Fool’s Day in Ann Arbor, Michigan, runners are treated to Twinkies as their pre-race, during-race and post-race fuel. This is a carbo load we can live with!
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3. The Chocolate Run
Not only do runners in this Windsor, Ontario, race get a huge box of chocolate goodies and chocolate-inspired medal for participating in the 5K, 10K or half marathon, they also receive 3 liters of wine at the finish line. Special bonus: firemen man the aid stations, so plan on twisting your ankle as you reach for your water cup.
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4. The Krispy Kreme Challenge
The crazy challenge part: Eating 12 doughnuts and running 5 miles in under one hour. <gulp!> The not-so-crazy part: Money raised goes to charity. The race takes place in various cities around the country. It’s not clear if a gallon of coffee is included in your race fee.
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5. The Hot Chocolate Races
“America’s Sweetest Race,” is held around the country in colder months. 5K and 15K racers are treated to Ghirardelli hot cocoa, chocolate fondue, and other chocolaty treats. Definitely a fun reason to get out of the house on a winter’s day.
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Bonus Race: Marathon du Medoc
This post-race party starts at Mile 3! If you enjoy a glass of vino, this race may land near the top of your bucket list. This world-famous event in the Medoc region of France takes runners through breathtakingly beautiful vinyards and past stunning chateaux. Most interesting, though, are the 23 stations set up along the race route for runners to taste some of the best wines in the world from the region.
(Many thanks to ViralNova for the original article and images.)
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