Country Hearth Breads — the Natural Choice for Race Day and Every Day!

Ask any runner what goes into a successful training regimen, and they'll tell you a healthy diet is as important to race day success as their daily workouts. In short, you have to put good stuff in to get good results out.

Ask a Country Hearth baker what goes into the delicious, nutritious breads you find on your grocer's shelves, and the same statement holds true. It takes a variety of healthy, natural ingredients — like whole grains, and natural sweeteners such as honey, molasses, and raisin juice — to produce the great "results" that make Country Hearth the bread of choice across the upper Midwest.

A proud sponsor of Grandma's Marathon sponsor for more than 33 years, Country Hearth has always been committed to producing healthful, flavorful breads the whole family can enjoy. In fact, the entire Country Hearth product line was developed long before other bakeries saw the demand for these hearty, wholesome breads.

Country Hearth Bread is baked right here in Minnesota by Pan-O-Gold Bakery. Headquartered in St. Cloud and with additional facilities in Fargo and Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Pan-O-Gold provides the finest breads, buns, bagels, muffins, donuts, and rolls to grocers, restaurants, supermarkets and distributors in a territory now covering nine states. It also markets other great breads under the Village Hearth, Lakeland, and New England labels.

Runners and their families have a great opportunity to enjoy the flavor and freshness for which Country Hearth is known on the night before the marathon, at the Michelina's All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner. There, Country Hearth bread is served alongside more than 10,000 plates of spaghetti during the annual pre-race meal.

Country Hearth's enthusiastic sponsorship involvement doesn't end there. On race day, Pan-O-Gold employees and family members volunteer at the finish line replenishment station, supplying racers with fresh Village Hearth bagels. The top Grandma’s Marathon wheelchair division finishers receive cash awards from a $10,000 prize purse, presented by the Country Hearth team. Country Hearth is the official sponsor of the event’s media center, and also sponsors the runner hospitality suites at the Holiday Inn & Suites, Radisson Hotel and University of Minnesota Duluth.

"Grandma's Marathon is a celebration of fitness and an active lifestyle, and also of the Northland communities we've been a part of for so many years," said Robin Alton, Pan-O-Gold president. "We're grateful for that longstanding customer support, which makes giving back via Country Hearth's race sponsorship such a perfect fit."

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