The Best Food Themed Races To Run This Spring
“Will run for food” is a saying often thrown around in the running world. As much as we love to run, we love to eat. And while it doesn’t take much persuasion to get us to sign up for races, some event organizers sweeten the deal by making their 5ks themed to our favorite foods.
The best way to kick of the spring race season is by signing up for those where food is the ultimate reward. Taco ‘bout how awesome it is to get free food. And we aren’t just talking about the standard complementary post-race banana. These races give away donuts, tacos, Twinkies, hot chocolate, wine and more.
When food is the incentive, we are charged up and ready to race to the finish line. We earned those calories, and victory just tastes oh so sweet. Here are the best food-themed races runners need to check out this spring.
We donut care how much you love racing for bling. Racing for food is just the icing on the cake for foodies. And among the best of the spring food-food-themed races is donut runs.
There is the Donut Judge Me 5k in Chandler, Arizona in April, followed by one in Las Vegas, Nevada in May and Carmel, Indiana and Mason, Ohio in August. Those who don’t live in or close to these locations can participate in the virtual run. The swag is a giant donut finisher medal that is huge. There is also the option to do the Inflate-O-Challenge that includes running in an inflatable tube. Finishers get a bonus medal.
Sign up and learn more here.
Those in the tri-state area can participants in the Main Street Donuts 5k and 1 miler in Wall, New Jersey. Taking place in March, finishers get handcrafted artisanal donuts as they run to fundraise for the Young Survival Coalition. It is a family-friendly event, so bring the stroller and/or dog. There is even a kids’ dash for the little ones. All finishers are also awarded medals, with special awards for age group winners.
Sign up for this donut run here.
Other donut races include The Fresno Donut Tour in Fresno, California; the Donut Daze in Savannah, Georgia; the 2019 Indiana Donut Dash in Indiana, Pennsylvania and the Ormond Beach Donut Dash in Ormond Beach, Florida. These all take place this spring. See a full list here.
Taco Trots are held throughout the year, with the latest one coming to Succasunna, New Jersey in April. There is a 5k, 1 miler, or virtual option. Participants get an awesome taco medal, t-shirt, and access to the free taco bar at the finish. This is also a family-friendly event, with proceeds helping young women with breast cancer.
Sign up for this race here.
There is also a Taco Trot held in May in Pennsylvania.
Will Run For Wine
Wine comes from grapes, so typically these are considered food (and drink)-themed races. How can you beat celebrating a 5k finish with a glass of Moscato in hand immediately?
Florida, Texas, Virginia, and Missouri are among the states holding a spring Wicked Wine Run. This event includes either a 5k or 1-mile race. The 1-miler actually sounds better because there are group pit stops along the way where participants sample wine. The 5k finishers get a free full glass for their efforts. This a whole day adventure with food trucks, live music and of course more wine. Besides the wine drinking, one of the best parts is the fun costumes participants dress in.
Learn more about this wine run here.
This race is held on April Fool’s Day but there is no joke here. The Twinkie Run is real and coming back again this spring. Held in Michigan, this race is a fundraiser for ALS. It includes a custom finisher medal, and racers get to munch on grilled Twinkies and enjoy a homemade Twinkie contest.
Learn more about the Twinkie Run here.
Chocolate Haze 5k & Chocolate Delite 10k
Held in May near Niagara Falls, this race is a chocolate lovers dream. All finishers get medals and t-shirts, but the best part of the race is the desserts handed out during the race. These include chocolate-covered strawberries and chocolate-covered marshmallows. And that isn’t it. There are chocolate milk and more treats at the finish line. This includes fudge, truffles, chocolate-covered apples and more.
Read more about this chocolate run here.
Hot Chocolate 15k and 5k
Sponsored by Allstate this is one of the most popular spring races. Although it takes place in the spring, it might still be chilly in some locations. This means nothing tastes better than a warm hot chocolate post-race. Held all over the U.S. with origins in Chicago, Illinois, this event is coined “Americans Sweetest Race.” Racers get a themed finisher’s medal, a much filled of hot chocolate and have the option to purchase more merchandise. Upcoming events will take place in Brooklyn, New York, and Detroit, Michigan this spring.
Learn more here.
The Great American Bacon Race
What is better than wine and chocolate? Bacon. Yes, there really is a bacon-themed race and this just gives us more reason to take a vacation to Florida. Held in Miami and Orlando in the past, this 5k allows runner the pure joy of eating bacon as they run. There is a Bacon Bash After Party to enjoy food trucks that are all serving up bacon-themed dishes. Expect live music and even kids’ dashes. The bad news is that there is no spring 2019 date posted, so fingers crossed this race returns before its most current January date.
Read all about the bacon race here.
There are so many beer races held all spring long. From the Beer Mile to Craft Brew Races, events pop up across the country.
The Craft Brew Races series is a popular 5k, held in May in Worcester, Massachusetts and Stowe, Vermont. There are finisher’s medals, age group awards, team awards, and a souvenir pint glass. Not to mention the ability to sample more than 30 breweries offerings. This all goes down during the three-hour after party with food trucks, games, and music.
Read all about the race here.
Another option Is the Smuttynose Will Run for Beer 5k held in Hampton, New Hampshire in June, and the Riverwest Beer Run and Walk held in June in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (that consist of a drinking beer during the 1.8-mile event).
Other food-themed races that happen throughout the year include pizza runs, hot dog challenges, Krispy Kreme runs, and other food and drink related events. It might sound silly to include foods that aren’t the healthiest for us at an event that is all about being active. But remember it’s all about having a healthy balance in life. And who really wants a plate of broccoli after running with all they got? So enjoy that victory beer and savor the sweetness of that donut. You deserved it.
Foodie and a Running enthusiast? Well, whats better then food-themed races, Am I right! Check out some of the Best Food-Themed Races to hit this Spring 2019
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