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They chased the bacon

Bacon truffles, bacon popcorn, pancakes and bacon and bacon with a side of bacon was all served Sunday morning at the second annual Great Canadian Bacon Chase.

The bacon-friendly event saw 247 runners chase bacon along Kelowna streets, while fundraising more than $5,000 for the Kelowna Jaycees.

This is the second year event organizer Kevin Lavigne, of Reid and Associates Financial Solutions, has taken the reigns and he was excited with how the day went.

“Everything is better than we even thought it could be,” says Lavigne. “The organization was good, the volunteers were here early and got it all set up.”

He says Okanagan College and Kitchen Sync Catering went above and beyond dolling out the bacon – all 280 pounds of it.

“There was bacon jam people can’t stop talking about, a bacon truffle and bacon chocolate popcorn,” says Lavigne.

“We even have bacon leftovers that will be heading down to the Kelowna Gospel Mission.”

Okanagan College pastry arts instructor Danny Capadouca was stoked to be a part of the bacon-filled event.

“I love getting out in the community, showing the students what we do in the community,” says Capadouca. “It is important to support the community and just get out there.”

He says for many chefs, bacon is at the heart of their work.

“I was trained as a chef and bacon is a big part of our lives in the kitchen, so it was just a natural progression to take it into the pastry shop and try different things. You got bacon, you got chocolate, those are two hard things to say no to, so when you put them together you can’t say no,” adds Capadouca.

While the total is still being tallied, Lavigne is confident they have raised more than $5,000 for the Kelowna Jaycees.

“They are young professionals that work in the community and try to do better,” says Lavigne.

This year’s run saw about 50 less participants than last year’s inaugural run, but Lavigne is not deterred and looks forward to next year’s event.

“There will definitely be a third annual. We already have people asking if they can book tickets,” says Lavigne. “I can’t wait for next year. A lot of work goes into it, but once you see the day of, you can be quite happy.” 

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