Thursday, July 18, 2013

Top 10 Reasons to Register for Breakaway Bardog 5k

The fourth annual Breakaway Bardog 5k on August 18th is not only a great opportunity to walk or run a race through historic Downtown Memphis and a chance to enjoy the best race after party, but it is also a fantastic way to give back to an organization so close to our homes and hearts, the St. Jude Research Hospital of Memphis.

Here are the top 10 reasons to register for the Breakaway Bardog 5k as voted by you all.

10. Super Fast Course

The Breakaway Bardog 5k course is notorious for runners setting Personal Records (PRs). The race starts in downtown Memphis in front of Bardog Tavern and takes you through some of Memphis' most recognized places, such as Beale Street, the South Main Historic District, and the Mighty Mississippi herself. New this year is chip race timing by the Memphis Runners Track Club.

9.  Meatball Eating Contest 

Photo Credit: Paul Ryburn
As part of Bardog's Anniversary party, Aldo hosts the annual meatball eating contest, more formally know as the "I Busted Grandma's Balls" meatball eating contest. Contestants are given a t-shirt to get down and dirty. There are great prizes to be awarded and for those spectating, you are guaranteed to have some good entertainment! 

8.  Raffle

We have tons of great goodies lined up for our 2013 Raffle. Let us remind you that all proceeds from the race and after party benefit St. Jude. We have tons of great sponsors who have donated awesome giveaways like a free pair of running shoes from Breakaway Running via our sponsor Brooks Running, gift cards from other great restaurants in downtown Memphis, tons of swag from the Memphis Grizzlies, Autozone Park, Fat Tire Bike, New Balance, St. Jude, and the list is continuously growing. 

7.  Awesome Light-Weight Shirt

Let's face it! It's hot in Memphis and the least amount of clothes, as appropriate, the better. When you register for the Breakaway-Bardog 5k you also get an awesome lightweight t-shirt. We also have a new color for the shirts this year, which we'll announce soon! Hint - the color will go great with the awards (see below). 

6.  Live Music - Great Bands
It's not a party without great music! We have several artists lined up for the Breakaway Bardog 5k after party and Bardog Anniversary celebration. As we get closer to the big day we'll announce the full list! So stay tuned! :) 

5. Dunk Tank

It's all fun and games until someone goes down. Then it's even more fun! We have a long list of targets already committed to going in the tank so you better start practicing your aim now! 

4. Free Beer

Run. Pant. Drink. One of the great things about this race, and there are many, is that a bar is one of the cool folks putting it on! That means lots of beer sponsors and refreshment options to quench your post race thirsts! This year it's getting even better too! More beer lines AND for the runners who want to keep celebrating after 11:30, you can pay a minimum $20 donation to keep the beer coming! 

*Wristbands will be given to all participants of age to drink. You must present your identification in order to drink beer. 

3. Unique Awards

We have gotten many compliments and praises on the dog tag awards. They are unique and you can carry around your pride wherever you go! This year we are upgrading the dog tags to bottle opener dog tags! As soon as the awards became available the committee was on it! You have one month to train to get one of these. They are awarded to the top three finishers in each age group for both male and female, as well as overall male and female and overall wheelchair.

2. Mouthwatering Food

The Breakaway Bardog 5k has an array of food options after the race. Not just oranges and bananas and sugar cookies – real food and Bardog Tavern food at that. From sliders and barbecue sandwiches with the fixings, to vegetable kabobs, veggie sliders, fruit, and more... you won't be disappointed. And you already heard about the meatball-eating contest (# 9).   

1. Benefiting St. Jude

It's for the kids. Everything from running the race to the meatball eating contest, raffle, dunk tank, and donations, it ALL goes to St. Jude. It costs over $1.8 million dollars to operate St. Jude in a given day. All money and proceeds from the race and after party will go towards helping the doctors, researches, patients and families. Last year we donated $25,000 to this wonderful cause and it is our goal to reach that again this year and more! Run for a cause and have a blast too! 

Convinced? Because you should be. Registration for all of the great things listed above is only $30. To register you, your friends, family and coworkers, click on the shiny register button below or just click here! We appreciate all the support, donations and word of mouth marketing we can get. 

Additional Information

Who: Open to all participants for $30 before race day and $35 on race day. We do welcome wheelchairs (early start), as well as strollers and pets (please see website for full instructions or contact race direct at for your questions and concerns… and praises J 
What: 4th Annual Breakaway Bardog 5k benefiting St. Jude
When: August 18, 9-11:30 a.m. Anniversary party starts at 12-5pm.
Where: Bardog Tavern, 73 Monroe Avenue
Why: We just gave you the reasons and we’re sure you can come up with your own!

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