When preparing for a race, one doesn’t usually make sure she’s armed with sprinkles, Magic Shell and whipped cream. But this is no ordinary race…
It’s the Jog ‘n Hog!
If you know anything about me, you know that ice cream is my weakness. Or some might consider it my strength! Let’s go with strength.
When I first heard about the Jog ‘n Hog last year, I knew I needed to participate. For the record, I realize how crazy the idea is and on any normal day, I’d say running and eating do not mix.
However, on National Ice Cream day all bets are off.
The Jog ‘n Hog is in its third year and I plan to return again and again (I’m only sad that I didn’t know about it from its inception). What’s so great about the Jog ‘n Hog? Let me count the ways!
1. Uncle Dave’s Homemade Ice Cream
Let’s not get it twisted, first and foremost, I do it all for the ice cream.
Which would you be, a half hogger or a full hogger? After last year’s race I talked a big game and said that I would go for the quart (full) versus the pint (half) in 2014. However, when I went to register, I couldn’t pull the trigger.
It might be a good thing I didn’t because I (still) couldn’t finish the pint. I definitely ate more than I did last year though so I bested myself and I consider that a win.
2. Friends (who are just as crazy as you are)
It’s always fun to see who is down for a little jogging and hogging. This year the cast of characters was smaller than last year but mighty!
Of course, I’ll be there again next year so you already have a built-in friend. You’re welcome!
As you might imagine, most people who are in attendance are there for the fun and novelty that this race has to offer. You make friends as you go!
3. The Brothers Smith
Andrew and Brian Smith are the geniuses behind the Jog ‘n Hog (they also host a Pepperoni Ball event in Erie, Pa. earlier in the year) and are, in a word, awesome.
They put on a good event and also know the power of social media. Through the year they’re interacting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The Jog ‘n Hog has a family feel, from the bib and shirt pick up to the volunteers cheering on the course. Who doesn’t like family?
4. The Price
A pint of Uncle Dave’s Ice Cream runs for $5. If you register the first day of registration (St. Patrick’s day), it’s $22. What? That’s practically free! Well, okay, no… it’s not. But the way I rationalize it is this:
$22 for registration – $5 for a pint of ice cream = $17
$17 for 1.6 miles out and 1.6 miles back = $5.30 per mile
Uh. I don’t even know. Whatever. It’s cheap. And it’s good, clean fun. Plus, the running nearly negates the ice cream. (Shhhh, let me live in my dreamland.) Additionally, your bib gets your 20% off at the farm store and the store has great produce, great candy, and WINE.
5. The Pig, Yo
Meet this year’s pace pig.
The Pig beat me for the second year in a row however, I ate ice cream and from what I understand, he did not. Therefore, I think that I won by default!
I was just chatting with my husband over dinner and we were thinking of the next step for the Jog ‘n Hog. Why not take the Pace Pig to the next level with not one, not two but THREE pigs: Brick, Sticks and Straw? The Brick pig could be the fastest pace pig, Sticks at a medium pace and Straw pig could keep a slower but challenging pace. Hey Smith Bros, I’ll be your Straw pig! Dude says they could hand out stickers that say, for example, “I huffed and puffed and beat the ‘Stick’ pig.” (Note: Alcohol may have been a factor).
Another challenge for future events? Grab a paver near the start line and run!
So let’s recap. Fun, ice cream, family, nearly free, pigs, friends, me. Who will I see next year? Have you ever participated in a zany race like this before?
P.S. Sprinkles make a great noise while running. I might ditch my music and run with sprinkles all the time.
P.P.S. I’m not kidding.