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Hundreds of bacon lovers race at Baldwin Park

About 1,200 runners race around Lake Baldwin in Great American Bacon Race

ORLANDO, Fla. – Bacon and eggs sounds like a normal combo to start your Saturday morning, but folks at Baldwin Park like the idea of bacon and running to start their day.

There's no doubt about it that people out at the Great American Bacon Race love their bacon. A cook at the race described why bacon is perfection.

"It's just something about the taste, the salt and the sweetness it gets when it caramelizes," the cook said. "Plus, it's good for you. It's Paleo and carbohydrates and the salt helps stop cramps."

That recognizable aroma filled the air as 1,200 runners went "wee wee wee" all around Lake Baldwin. Three stations were placed on the 3.1-mile loop supplying plenty of water and, yes, more bacon.

Runners Rachel Pereira and Danielle Wagner, who were dressed up as pigs, told Local 6 about their game plan.

"The bacon is going to slow us down, so you know, we're not here to set any records except on how much bacon we eat," they said.

The event was fun for all ages, with the little bacon bits even their own 1K race. Heather Shulz brought home the bacon, finishing the race in first place with a time of about 15 minutes.

By the end of the event, cooks said they handed out over 10,000 slices. One cook said, "Most bacon I have ever cooked in my life ... literally."

After finishing, racers were able to enjoy a bacon bash after-party with more, you guessed it, bacon.


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