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Photo Release -- Triumphant Return for Patrick Cudahy(R) "Race for the Bacon"

CUDAHY, Wis., July 31, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The fourth-annual Patrick Cudahy® "Race for the Bacon" 5k Run and Walk made its triumphant return yesterday, and everyone at the race was a winner. Patrick Cudahy, a brand of Smithfield Foods, dished out loads of fun, entertainment and excitement for all in attendance. A portion of race proceeds benefits the JDRF of Southeastern Wisconsin.



Mitch Cooper, Patrick Cudahy; Wendy Hanisch, JDRF; Bouda Family


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Just as in years past, the runners ran to impress. Brian Falcone of Kenosha, WI was crowned champion with a time of 17:12. He was followed by Joel Tortomasi and Matt Jacobson, who took home prizes for the second-fastest and third-fastest men. Jennifer Chaudoir of Green Bay, WI crossed the line with a time of 19:38, giving her honors as the fastest woman in the event. Susie Buerger was the second-fastest woman and Ruth Lunz was third-fastest.

Medals for the top finishers weren't the only prizes awarded, not by a long shot. The first 125 finishers received a package of Patrick Cudahy fully-cooked bacon.

The bacon-filled fun carried well into the night. Following the race, Patrick Cudahy served up the "Bacon Bash," which included lots of delicious bacon treats and beverages to cool down the runners. Mitch Cooper, Marketing Manager for Patrick Cudahy, and Wendy Hanisch, Executive Director for the Southeastern WI Chapter of JDRF, concluded the event by presenting a $500 Pick 'N Save grocery gift card and nutrition plan to a family affected by Type 1 diabetes.

"I want to thank everyone who came out and supported the "Race for the Bacon," said Cooper. "We love seeing the community rally around this event and making it such a success. It's because of these efforts that we're able to support such a wonderful cause and help a well-deserving family."

For more information on the Patrick Cudahy "Race for the Bacon" or Patrick Cudahy products, log onto www.BaconRace.com and www.Facebook.com/PatrickCudahyMeats.

About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Farmland®, Armour®, Cook's®, John Morrell®, Gwaltney®, Nathan's Famous®, Kretschmar®, Margherita®, Curly's®, Carando® and Healthy Ones®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com.

About Patrick Cudahy

For 125 years, families throughout the Midwest have known the name Patrick Cudahy as one they can count on for quality, value and for the unmistakable flavor of Sweet Apple-Wood. Our product line includes fully cooked and traditional bacon, bacon pieces and toppings, dry sausage, pepperoni, ham, deli and sliced meats.

The photo is also available via AP PhotoExpress.

CONTACT: Brookes Versaggi Breaking Limits for Patrick Cudahy 2137 South Boulevard, Suite 200 Charlotte, N.C. 28205 Direct: 704-766-9062 Mobile: 910-315-3488

Source:Smithfield Foods, Inc.