The Great Pittsburgh Pierogie races occurs during Pirates game in the middle of the 5th inning. Sadly, it tends to be the highlight of the game.
The contestants are Jalapeno Hannah, Cheese Chester, Sauerkraut Sal, and Oliver Onion. I always root for Cheese Chester. I've heard that the favorite character among the becostumed runners is Hannah because "she" carries a purse -- a potential weapon against "her" adversaries.
The Pierogies are very popular among the kids at the stadium and are hounded for pictures and autographs or perhaps just a pat on the back. It saddens me that the enthusiasm for the Race all too often exceeds that for the game itself.
It's nice to inject a little bit of whimsy into the game, but I can't help but feel it's a minor-league gag in a major-league stadium. I can't imagine a New York-style pizza race within the hallowed grounds of Yankee Stadium, but PNC Park, despite its physical beauty, has a long way to go before it could be considered hallowed.