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)
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.