Triangle To-Do: At the Krispy Kreme Challenge, it’s okay to eat and run.

Posted on 02/04/14 No Comments

Krispy Kreme donut boxes
Multiple good causes: “Empty paper cups and doughnut boxes that racers drop along the race route will be composted. Reusable coolers are used instead of disposable Styrofoam coolers. Any of the event’s 96,000+ doughnuts left uneaten will be donated or composted.”

What started as a typically immature bet amongst a few college buddies is now a nationally-recognized fundraising event that helps define the City of Raleigh.

The 10th Annual Krispy Kreme Challenge will be run this Saturday, February 8 at 8:30 a.m. Registration is open until 11:59 p.m. tomorrow night, Wednesday 2/5.

For those who may not know, the now infamous and highly colorful road race is part athletic contest, part eating challenge. Participants run 2.5 miles from NC State University to the Downtown Krispy Kreme donut store. There, they must eat a dozen of the company’s namesake glazed treats and then run back to NC State. In under an hour.

Sounds fun, right? A dozen donuts? For a good cause?

Well, it’s called the Krispy Kreme Challenge for a reason. As good as they are, they go down hard in groups of 12. And then there’s the second 2.5 miles with 2,400 freshly consumed calories festering in your stomach.

There’s probably not a media vehicle in the nation that hasn’t written about or televised portions of the race, which was started in 2004. The event is now a showcase of costumes, creativity and gluttony. And it’s a great time for everyone.

Last year’s race resulted in a $184,000 being donated to the NC Children’s Hospital. To date, the race has raised more than a half-million dollars for the hospital.

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