Squeal like a pig, indeed! Part charitable fun run, part twisted test of endurance, the inaugural Pig Run at Lake Nona on Sat., June 18 saw more than 100 runners participating in the gut-busting challenge of stomach and sanity. Thankfully no people (or animals) were harmed in the running of this charitable event.
Here’s how it worked: Participants agreed to run (or walk) 4.2 miles in full-blown 98-degree Florida heat and humidity — along a road without shade, no less! At the start of the run, they gorged on a hefty burrito from nearby Tijuana Flats. With bellies full of beans, beef and cheese (and, for a few truly adventurous souls, also some Fat Cat’s Surprisingly Mild Guajillo Ghost sauce), they headed out onto the street, huffing and puffing towards a halfway point, where, upon arriving, they were handed a box of six glazed donuts from Dunkin Donuts.
That’s right. Donuts.
Sheer silliness, absolutely.
And, more notably — barf free!
Plus, all proceeds went to Spring of Life Early Learning Center — almost $3000, according to final count by organizer Mike Oslund (seen in pig form above). Kudos to Mike for putting it all together — including a gathering of support by many area businesses. No easy feat for man or pig, we think.
Fat Cat was on hand, with a humble table-top display that showcased our five sauces. As you can imagine, that magical mix of burritos and hot sauce proved to be too much to pass up for some — especially after the race, when those needing to refuel with more Mexican wasted no time in stopping by our table. Who can blame them really?
Thanks to all who dropped by the booth and expressed interest and tried our products. Thanks also to food blogger Pearleen Buchala of MegaYummo.com for her ideas and support — we hope she’ll contribute some Fat Cat-inspired recipes in the near future, too!
And finally, thanks to the little boy (whose name we did not catch, sadly) who won the five-bottler Fat Cat Sampler, which we donated to the event for its Silent Auction. While many hot sauce fans loomed around, hoping to win, this little boy took home the prize. Better to get them hooked young, no? Hope he — and his family — enjoy the sauces.