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Dallas’ favorite foodie fundraiser spawns a rather unconventional fun run

Dallas’ favorite foodie fundraiser spawns a rather unconventional fun

Meat Fight 2014
Meat Fight has a baby bro called MF1K, slated for August 28 at Tupps Brewery in McKinney. Photo by Robert Strickland

Dallas’ most hotly anticipated foodie fundraiser just got a baby bro. MF1K, a “fun run minus the run” slated for August 28, benefits multiple sclerosis research, just like its older sibling, Meat Fight.

Also like Meat Fight, MF1K brings together barbecue, bourbon, and beer. Expect smoked meats from Local Yocal, Slow Bone, Lockhart Smokehouse, Heim BBQ, Triple G, and Smoken S BBQ; Luscher’s corn dogs and Pop Star popsicles; beer from event host Tupps ​Brewery and Four Corners Brewing Company; and Buffalo Trace bourbon.

Attendees are challenged to eat and drink at 12 of the 20-plus vendor food and drink stations along the 3,281-foot “course” at Tupps in McKinney. Those who “finish the full meat feat” earn a medal and the chance to win two tickets to Meat Fight in November, which is always a sell-out.

Meat Fight founder Alice Laussade says that MF1K is a chance to take the “funlanthropy” of Meat Fight outside of Dallas, and outside of the fall season, to help even more people living with MS.

“I know our fans are going to love this event,” she says. “Can’t wait to see them in their sweatbands, high socks, coach’s shorts, and sunglasses, gnawing on ribs. It’s going to be hilarious, and we’re going to do a lot of good for people in DFW living with multiple sclerosis at the same time.

“Meat Fight currently has a wait list of people who need Meat Bikes [an original Meat Fight program that gifts bikes to people living with MS]. We’re starting this new event to put a significant dent in that list as soon as possible.”

MF1K is expected to raise $10,000 for Meat Bike. Registration opens at 10 am, July 15, via Prekindle at Meatfight.com and Facebook.com/meatfight. Cost is $40 for the run and medal, or $60 for race, medal, T-shirt, and sweatband.

Meat Fight began in Laussade’s backyard in 2010. Now it’s a nonprofit that hosts events benefiting the National MS Society and Meat Bike. With the help and support of the Dallas restaurant and beverage community, the annual event has raised more than $320,000 for MS in its first six years.