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Posted: January 18th, 2013
Register on GroundHOG Day for discount price on Jog ‘n Hog race

The Jog ‘n Hog race is BACK for 2013 (June 15). And, race director, Andrew Smith is offering a discounted race admission on GrounHOG Day (Feb. 2) — a 24-hour-only price of $18!

Here’s more info from Andrew:

Pepperoni ball lovers rejoice – the 2nd annual Stanganelli’s Pepperoni Ball Jog ‘n Hog will be held on June 15 at 8:30 a.m. at Presque Isle State Park.

Registration opens Feb. 2 (GroundHOG Day) at a special, 24-hour-only price of $18.

Here’s how the race works: Runners will start at Beach 1 on Presque Isle and run out two miles to the Beach 6 parking area where they will stop and eat either six or three pepperoni balls. Participants will then run back two miles to the starting line on expanded stomachs.

The Jog ‘n Hog is open to everyone age 12 and up. Runners will receive a race t-shirt and a coupon for 12 free Stanganelli’s pepperoni balls (in addition to the balls they will eat on the course). Register at www.jognhog.com.

New This Year
There are several new features for this year’s Erie Jog ‘n Hog, including the introduction of two divisions. The gastrointestinally brave can register in the “Whole Hogger Division,” which involves eating six pepperoni balls at the race’s halfway point. Those who are less confident in their eating ability can register in the “Half Hogger Division,” which involves eating three pepperoni balls.

In addition, racers who form teams of 10 or more people will each receive a $5 refund off their registration one to two weeks after the race. Teams are limited to 20 people.

Deadlines and Pricing
Race registration opens Feb. 2 at a special, 24-hour-only price of $18. Deadlines and prices after that date are as follows:

Feb. 3 – March 31 $25 for the Whole Hogger
$22 for the Half Hogger

April 1 – May 31 $30 for the Whole Hogger
$27 for the Half Hogger

June 1 – June 11 $35 for the Whole Hogger
$32 for the Half Hogger

Registration for the Erie Jog ‘n Hog closes at midnight June 11.

Additional Details
All racers are also invited to stop by a pre-race party at Oasis, 3122 West Lake Road, on June 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. Race packets can be picked up at the bar that night (and also on the morning of the race). All racers will have their cover charge waived at Oasis with proof of race registration.

Jog ‘n Hog is a national race series that was founded in 2011 by brothers Brian and Andrew Smith, who grew up in Erie. Each race features food that is unique to a particular area of the country.

For more information about Jog ‘n Hog visit www.jognhog.com or “like” Jog ‘n Hog on Facebook, www.facebook.com/jognhog. Jog ‘n Hog is a proud supporter of the Erie Community Blood Bank.

Better get yourself some pepperoni balls and start training!

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