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Posted: October 3, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: 20,000 Sweet Treats Hit The Streets In Long Beach International City Bank Marathon

(Long Beach, CA--October 2, 2009) International City Racing, operators of the International City Bank Marathon have a sweet deal for anyone who finishes one of the many events in this year's 25th anniversary race on October 11. Everyone who crosses the finish line will be handed one of 20,000 iced cupcakes prepared by Rossmoor Pastries in celebration of the marathon's milestone birthday.

Charlie Feder, co-owner of Rossmoor Pastries, said, "My partner, Janice Ahlgren, and I are always up for a challenge. The 20,000 cupcakes are regular size at 3 ounces each, and will require 1,700 pounds of dry ingredients (including flour, sugar, leavening agents, etc.), 600 pounds of soy oil, 510 pounds of eggs, 175 pounds of yogurt and topped with 1,200 pounds of icing. All of this and not one ounce of Trans Fat. The finished cupcakes will be placed 80 to a box with 2,400 cupcakes to a palate and will need to be stored and shipped in a refrigerated truck."

Feder says that the flour for the cupcakes is being donated by Pillsbury and Honeyville Grain is donating the oil. Culinary students from Long Beach City College will also be volunteering to help make the 20,000 cupcakes which is projected to take three days to complete.

Each cupcake contains approximately 175 calories for a total of 3.5 million total calories for the 20,000 tasty treats. But on October 11, the runners, bikers and walkers in the Marathon, half marathon, Bike Tour and 5K run will burn up more than 40.8 million calories. At 3,000 pounds equaling a pound of fat, that's 13,600 pounds of body weight. With that kind of energy output, Marathon finishers won't have to fee guilty for pounding down some cake after pounding the pavement.


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