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Top Runs for Foodies and Winos

From doughnut dashes to bacon chases, these races combine food and running in the best way possible

Most runners are pretty particular about what they eat leading up to and on race day—nothing spicy or rich for dinner, simple carbs like white bread and fruit for breakfast, and gels or fruit bars they’ve had before on training runs for mid-race fuel.
 
Unless, of course, your participating in one of the following foodie races.
 
From donut dashes to bacon chases, these races combine food and running in the best way possible.
 
The Great Canadian Bacon Chase
This 5 km run and 1 km walk, held last year in September in Kelowna, BC, has “bacon stations” every kilometre, with more bacon at the finish line’s all-you-can-eat bacon and pancake buffet. If you don’t think you can stomach snacking on greasy bacon strips during a race, other bacon-flavoured snacks are available, such as caramel bacon popcorn and bacon muffins. September 24 is the date for this year's Bacon Chase.
 
Half Corked Marathon Weekend
Sample some of British Columbia’s finest wines and local cuisine as you run from winery to winery along country roads in Oliver, BC at the end of May during the Half Corked Marathon. Although this year’s event (which is actually only 18 km to allow time to stop, sip and sample at the 10-12 wineries along the course) is already sold out, you can start planning for next year by checking out the event’s website and signing up for their newsletter to be notified about when the ticket lottery opens for 2018.
 
PNE Donut Dash
Stuff your face full of your favourite fairground foods at the PNE Donut Dash, held at the end of August at The Fair at Pacific National Exhibition. The event features mini donuts, cotton candy and other fairground treats for snacking on along 5 km route, as well as a PNE Donut Dash t-shirt, finisher’s medal and free admission to The Fair included with your registration. Visit The PNE’s website for this race details. August 20, 2017.
 
The Chocolate Race
If you’re a runner who loves chocolate (so, pretty much every runner), The Chocolate Race in St. Catharines, Ontario should be on your race bucket list. The Chocolate Race, happening this year on May 8, features a 5 km and 10 km route option, kids’ fun runs, on-course chocolate-dipped strawberries, and a finish line feast of chocolate truffles, chocolate-filled croissants, chocolate fudge and chocolate–dipped apples, plus chocolate martinis for participants who are of legal drinking age. Aside from a blissful, post-race chocolate coma, participants also get a technical race shirt and finisher’s medal with their registration. 

The Famous Canadian Beer Run
Back for its second edition in 2017, the Famous Canadian Beer Run is for beer lovers and runners alike! It's a scenic 5KM run through Ontario Place in Toronto, followed by a Craft Beer & Food Festival. Runners cross the finish line and are handed a beer stein - good for two beers or four samples from the many craft brewers on site. Sit back post-race and enjoy live entertainment and an afternoon tasting beers and enjoy grub from some of Toronto's most sought-after food trucks. September 17, 2017
 

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