The Krispy Kreme Challenge goes like this: Run 2.5 miles from the NC State Bell Tower on Hillsborough Street to the Krispy Kreme store at ther intersection of Peace & Person Street in downtown Raleigh. Eat a dozen original glazed Krispy Kreme donuts. Then run 2.5 miles back to the Bell Tower – all in under one hour.
No, you don’t have to eat the donuts if you don’t want to. You can eat one, all twelve, or none at all. It is your call. It is all done in good fun to raise funds to benefit the the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. The race started in 20o4 with just a dozen students from NC State. Over the years the race has grown in popularity and with more than 7,700 runners participating in 2012.
As you can imagine participants range in age and level of competitiveness. There are many college students in the race but their are plenty of families and older runners as well. It is good people watching too, as may people dress up in costume or have some sort of silly hat or shirt made up just for this race. Last year I had the pleasure of running behind a kid with a boom box duct taped to his back blasting his “theme music”. You never know what you might see, but chances are it will be entertaining!
Last year I ran in the race for the very first time but I only ate a few of the donuts. This year I am going all in and plan to eat the full dozen. There is a guy who lives along the race route who offers runners an “extra donut” to make it a full bakers dozen. I’m not sure if I will go that far, but will leave that to a race day decision.
I am already registered and if you are thinking of signing up I suggest you do it soon as last I heard 6,000 people have already signed up and registration will end once they reach 8,000. To register for the race visit the race website below.
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