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Victory will taste sweet — but so will defeat!

The sixth annual NYC Cupcake Run will traipse through Astoria this Saturday, Oct. 13, rain or shine.

The lightly competitive race is five kilometers (3.1 miles) long or two loops around Astoria Park’s perimeter. However, participants must stop at three checkpoints – halfway through the first lap; the end of the first lap; and halfway through the second lap – and nosh on a frosted treat at each one.

Contestants will be able to select between a wide variety of flavors and icings, and the delicacies are small, about the size of a fist. (Three bites, maximum.)

Check-in will begin at 10:15 a.m. on Ditmars Boulevard between 19th Street and Shore Boulevard. The race is set to start from the area at 11 a.m.

At least 150 runners are expected, and the winner will be crowned NYC Cupcake Run Champion. Plus, prizes will go to the fastest finishers in a few age groups.

The entry fee is $60 (register before Oct. 11 and pay only $35), and a portion of the proceeds will go to NYC Cares, an organization that recruits, trains and connects about 400,000 volunteers to projects in nonprofits, public schools and city agencies a year.

Harriers will also receive an official NYC Cupcake Run T-shirt, a race bib, a gift bag, and the three on-the-go cupcakes, which will be provided by Butter Lane in Manhattan’s East Village. (Hopefully, a Queens bakery will get the job next year. The borough has many great places.)

Entrants will also get lunch and a beverage during the after party at Rocky McBride’s Astoria, a bar at 27-01 23rd Ave.

Editor’s note: The participating cupcakes will contain gluten. They won’t have peanuts, but they will be prepared in a bakery that uses peanuts for some products.

Images: NYC Cupcake Run

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