Paczki Run: 56/365

by Jill Bahm February. 26, 2017 1910 views

Paczki are doughnut-like treats made with a rich dough and filled with jams or custards. "Packzi Day," or "Fat Tuesday," is celebrated as the last Tuesday before the beginning of Lent.  The celebration started early for those who like to justify their indulgences - with a 5k run that ended with these luscious treats. And beer. What's not to like? 

The event took place in Hamtramck, a 2-square mile city surrounded by the city of Detroit. It is well-known as a home for Polish immigrants of the early 20th Century who came to work in the auto industry. Today, the demographics of the city are changing to include a wider variety of immigrants who are Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Arab, Yugoslav, and Asian Indian. Still, though, there is still a strong influence of Polish culture from restaurants, bakeries, and shops. People tend to flock to the city this time of year for their annual indulgence of Paczki - you really can't get them anywhere else that are this good.

Over 2,000 people gathering at the starting line


I'd probably be a faster runner if I didn't stop to take pictures. Here we're running through a Hamtramck neighborhood.

Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Byzantine Catholic Church (1914)

Well done! Have a Paczki!

Mine was filled with lemon custard.

That beer was surprisingly tasty at 11 a.m.

A door along the main street adorned with folk art.

Inside the Polish Art Center - really took my breath away.

I'm going back to get a set of Matryoshka nesting dolls

The run was great and the paczki was the best one I've ever had. But the trip into the art center delighted me - I think tapping into my Polish and Ukrainian roots.

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Helen Hooker 4 years, 7 months ago

Great reportage. I love the idea of a doughnut as a reward after a run! 😉

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Jill Bahm Replied to Helen Hooker 4 years, 7 months ago

And there was beer as well! Can't beat that! =)

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Sabina Ibrahimović 4 years, 7 months ago

This really made me hungry for sweets.

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Jill Bahm Replied to Sabina Ibrahimović 4 years, 7 months ago

So sorry! =)

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Maura Elko 4 years, 7 months ago

Pictures of those paczki are making my mouth water...I so want to try one! lol

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Jill Bahm Replied to Maura Elko 4 years, 7 months ago

They really are delicious!

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
Gonia 4 years, 7 months ago

pozdrawiam amerykańskie pączki! Greetings for american pączki!

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Jill Bahm Replied to Gonia 4 years, 7 months ago

Thank you! =)

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Antonio Gil 4 years, 7 months ago

After eating those delicious paczki one should run more 5 k :-)) Great report

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Gonia Replied to Antonio Gil 4 years, 7 months ago

Antonio - they are absolutely fanatastic! We eat them each year - many, many!

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jill Bahm Replied to Antonio Gil 4 years, 7 months ago

I agree! Thank you!

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