Running for Bacon

Most marathons have water stations and energizing fresh fruit stations along the route, but the Minnesota Pork Producer-sponsored Pork Power 5K, a part of the Mankato Marathon, has delicious, nutritious bacon stations, not to mention pig medals for all finishers.
“This is the third year that the Minnesota Pork Producer-sponsored Pork Power 5K is being held,” said Chris Willaert, director of the Mankato Sports Commission. “They have fun with it too. We are hopeful it will be an ongoing relationship with the pork producers. It continues to get bigger and bigger each year.”
The Minnesota Pork Producers is the main sponsor of the 5K, just one of the events that takes place in conjunction with the Mankato Marathon over the two days the marathons are scheduled this year —Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18, — with the Pork Power Marathon starting and ending at the Minnesota State University-Mankato campus parking lot.
The Pork Power 5K start time is 4 p.m. that Saturday with packet pickup and registration running from noon to 3:30 p.m. that day at the Sports and Health Expo at the Myers Field House on the Minnesota State University-Mankato campus. Prior to the event, a Toddler Trot/Diaper Dash will take place at 1 p.m., with a Kiddo K to follow at 2:30. The Sports and Health Expo runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday as well.
“The Pork Power marathon is limited to 1,000 participants,” Willaert said. “There will be a Diaper Dash /Toddler Trot and a Kiddo K — all part of the Pork Power day’s events Saturday. Everybody has water stations at their marathons, but we have a bacon station, pork treats and pig medals that are modeled after a pig cartoon figure. The bacon station is our biggest, most popular station during the marathon.”
Other marathons to take place over the Mankato Marathon weekend include a full marathon, a half marathon and a 10K marathon, all on that Sunday.

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