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Bacon Chase 5k makes its way to AMS

The Atlanta Motor Speedway hosted the Bacon Chase 5K Saturday morning, where nearly 1,000 runners showed up to run in the name of bacon. (Photo By Rachel Shirey)

The Atlanta Motor Speedway hosted the Bacon Chase 5K Saturday morning, where nearly 1,000 runners showed up to run in the name of bacon. (Photo By Rachel Shirey)

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The Atlanta Motor Speedway hosted the Bacon Chase 5K Saturday morning, where nearly 1,000 runners showed up to run in the name of bacon. (Photo By Rachel Shirey)

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Each mile marker station offered runners with a cup of water and a cup of bacon bits to keep them encouraged throughout the race. Most runners seemed to stay away from the cups of bacon bits and favored the water. (Photo By Rachel Shirey)

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Runners came from all across metro Atlanta and dressed in costumes such as strips of bacon, pink tutus or piggy ears, tails and noses. (Photo By Rachel Shirey)

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The piggy mascot stopped to give runners a high five of encouragement as they raced for unlimited bacon. (Photo By Rachel Shirey)

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The hog pack raced from the start line with the piggy mascot leading the way. (Photo By Rachel Shirey)

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Following the race, runners waited in line for a basket of unlimited bacon and a fresh Bloody Mary. (Photo By Rachel Shirey)

HAMPTON — The bacon lovers and bacon runners of Atlanta raced for a little “taste of heaven” Saturday morning.

The Atlanta Motor Speedway hosted the Bacon Chase 5K, where more than 1,000 runners clad in their best piggy wear ran like wild hogs around the speedway grounds.

Some runners simply dressed in pink while others wore tutus, red socks with bacon lettering, piggy ears, tails and noses or T-shirts that read “Exercise. Ex..Er..Cise. Ex..Ar..Size. Eggs..Are..Sides. For Bacon.” A select few even came dressed as strips of bacon.

Before the race began, race officials blared pop music and had games of corn hole set up next to decorative haystacks, turning AMS into a hogs den while chanting “bacon” loud enough for it to echo off AMS’s buildings.

There was also a mechanical pig, that for the most part remained unused, and photo opportunities with the pig mascot who later led the group at the start line.

Each mile marker station offered cups of bacon bits along with water to the racers, who mostly left the bacon untouched. Some runners even joked about how the bacon was too salty and counterproductive as they passed through the stations.

Some would grab the cup and sprinkle the bacon bits like glitter along the 3.1 mile course that led the runners through the stadium’s stands or shoot it like a shot before continuing on their way.

The first few runners managed to complete the race in nearly 20 minutes, while race officials prepared unlimited bacon and Bloody Mary’s for participants.

As runners trickled across the finish line, the line in front of the bacon stations grew and many hung around to chat leisurely with friends and enjoy their breakfast before continuing on their way.