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4th Annual Stanganelli’s Pepperoni Ball Jog ‘n Hog

Posted on: Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 | Comments (0)

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Save The Date – June 13, 2015. Registration opens on GroundHOG Day, February 2!

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Erie, How Are You Training?

Posted on: Friday, February 21st, 2014 | Comments (0)

Training for a Jog ‘n Hog can happen anywhere, anytime.  Hog on!

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Erie Half Hogger Champ Makes Move to Whole Hog Division

Posted on: Sunday, January 26th, 2014 | Comments (0)

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Erie resident Jeremy Kish was the male Half Hogger champ in the 2013 Stanganelli’s Pepperoni Ball Jog ‘n Hog. Boss Hog recently sat down with Jeremy for a short Q&A.

Had you ever done anything like a Jog ‘n Hog before last year?

No. I’ve done a few 5 and 10Ks and some obstacle course races, but Jog ‘n Hog was definitely different than anything else I’ve ever done.

Did you think you had a chance of winning your division?

Not at all. When I started out I could see people ahead of me and could tell they were running fast. But I realized it’s not how fast you can run; it’s getting out of the eating area quickly. One guy was 25 feet ahead of me the whole run out but when I left the eating area he still had a whole pepperoni ball to go.

Did you trash talk the other runners in the eating area?

(Laughs) No, I was too busy eating.

Rumor has it you’re moving up to the Whole Hogger Division this year?

That’s right. I’m going to go with the same strategy and see what happens…don’t push myself too hard, stay loose, drink a lot of water. The fact that I didn’t throw up on three balls made me want to try six.  

Do you think six will be a little harder or a lot harder than three?

Depends on how hungry I am that day. I’m sure I won’t get out of the eating area quite as fast.  

What tips would you offer a Jog ‘n Hog rookie?

Drink a lot of water while you’re eating. I think that helped me the most, because I could chew faster. And be able to run four miles. It’s hard to eat and then finish those last two miles.  

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Whole Hogger Champ to Defend Her Title in Erie

Posted on: Friday, January 17th, 2014 | Comments (0)


Erie native Tara (Piekanski) Myers was the Whole Hogger champ at the 2013 Stanganelli’s Pepperoni Ball Jog ‘n Hog. We called her up in Chicago recently to chat about last year’s race. She is already making plans to defend her title on June 14.

This is going to sound rude, but I have to ask…how big are you?

I’m 4’ 11” and 94 pounds.

How did you down six pepperoni balls?!?

I’m small but it’s well known that I can eat a lot of food.

When you registered, did you think that maybe the Half Hog division might be better for you?

My husband and I drove all the way from Chicago to do this race. If we were coming that far we weren’t going to just do three balls. We don’t do anything “half hog.” (laughs)  

How did you find out about the Jog ‘n Hog?

I still have family in Erie and my cousin found out about it. She challenged me to do it on Facebook. It began as a joke but then the whole family started signing up. We put together a team and called ourselves “We Are Hamily.”     

Your husband was at your side the whole race…how did he do with the eating?

At one point in the eating area I looked over and asked him how many pepperoni balls he had eaten. He said one. Then he looked at me and said, ‘Why, how many have you eaten?’ I was on ball five.

That must have really dinged his manhood.

(Laughs) When he heard I was on ball five he smiled big, abandoned his bag and got ready to run back with me. We always cross the finish line together and he knew he had no chance of finishing all six balls.  

What did your family think of your big win?

It was so much fun to have my dad cheering for us and high fiving us at the finish line. He never knows what to expect from me, but this definitely made him chuckle.

What was your strategy going into the race?

The night before the race my parents treated us to a great Italian meal so we could carb up. That morning I had a banana.

How’d you feel after the race?

I pretty much didn’t eat anything for 24 hours after the race.

Did you come into this thing thinking you could win it?

Not really. But when I picked up my packet the night before the race you guys had those golden pig trophies displayed. I looked at my husband and said, “I want that pig.” I’m a very competitive, Type A person. On the day of the race I was running back from the eating area and I realized there was nobody ahead of me from my division. That’s when I picked up the pace and thought, “I can win that golden pig.”

You’ve done a lot of traveling. Have you found anything better than a pepperoni ball out there? 

It was only after I moved away from Erie that I realized not everyone in the world eats pepperoni balls for dinner at least once a week (laughs). It’s something I always have to indulge in when I come home.

Any tips for a new Jog ‘n Hogger?

Just have fun and make some memories. Everything my husband and I do starts and ends with fun. If along the way you get a golden pig that’s a bonus.

Editor’s Note: Tara and her husband share their love for each other and for the world at www.kissingtour.com. Their motto: Live big, kiss often. They are currently working on their first book about their adventures. They say the Jog ‘n Hog was among their most memorable events in 2013.

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Boss Hog is Back!

Posted on: Friday, January 17th, 2014 | Comments (0)

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3rd Annual Stanganelli’s Pepperoni Ball Jog ‘n Hog
Registration Opens February 2

Erie’s wackiest run is back and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. On June 14, the 3rd annual Stanganelli’s Pepperoni Ball Jog ‘n Hog will kick off at 8:30 a.m. at Presque Isle State Park. Registration opens February 2 (GroundHOG Day).

The Jog ‘n Hog is now open to everyone age 10 and up. All runners receive a cool t-shirt and a coupon for 6 free Stanganelli’s pepperoni balls (in addition to the balls they will eat on the course, of course). For more details and to register visit www.jognhog.com/erie.  

Like last year, 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” (3 balls).

Racers who form teams of 12 or more people will each receive a $5 refund off of their registration after the race. Teams are limited to 20 people.

For more information about Jog ‘n Hog visit www.jognhog.com or “like” Jog ‘n Hog on Facebook, www.facebook.com/jognhog

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