Runners love to run, but there’s an unspoken perk to finishing a race: gorging yourself on snacks. Unlike the usual finish line, with its bushels of bananas and cookies, the Food Truck 5K and 10K ends in a bazaar of mobile kitchens, serving everything from tacos to gelato. Benefitting the Bristol Warren Education Foundation, the race on May 12 winds its way through Warren, following a loop of multi-use trails through scenic woodland. If the 10K feels a little ambitious after six months indoors, there’s also a 5K and a one-mile walk, as well as a special CrossFit-style race for the kiddos.
“We adopted and modified an existing community 5K that had been going for years and was running out of energy,” says Jock Hayes, who helped revamp the race. “We infused the food trucks, students, families, music, and of course beer.”
Now in its fifth year, the Food Truck races have attracted upwards of 500 participants. After burning off so many calories, amateur athletes should keep the food trucks busy, as long as the skies are clear: last year’s event was bogged down by passing showers. Then again, with the promise of a beer garden, some runners may weather anything.