“Bacon Station” A Hit At Grandma’s Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jun. 14, 2011

The crispy treat is handed out to runners near the end of the 26.2-mile race.

With just days to go to Grandma’s Marathon, some runners have already begun to salivate. Aid stations at races traditionally hand out things like water or PowerBars, but things are different at one aid station in Duluth, Minnesota.

There, they hand out bacon.

Jeff Bullert, a self-described Grandma’s fanatic, has a begun a tradition. Outside Sir Benedict’s Tavern, which is miles from the marathon finish, Bullert and a group of friends hand out the crispy treat to runners who could use a little happiness.

We handed them out with oven mitts or tongs and we were just holding it out and people would come by and grab it,” Bullert said. ”We were kind of surprised when we ran out of bacon within the first hour and a half of the race.”

Bullert is increasing production this year.

“It’s just something a little different than the bland stuff that they get during their run,” Bullert admitted.

But can bacon help the runner in any way?

“It would maybe help with is to replace your sodium,” says St. Luke’s Hospital dietitian, Stephanie Sigurdson.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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