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The Krispy Kreme Challenge Returns! February 9th, 2013

Krispy Kreme Challenge
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.


Enjoying a post race donut last year!

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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Are you up to the Krispy Kreme Challenge?

What’s better than running for a good cause? Well running for a good cause while wolfing down a dozen hot off the line Kreme donuts off course! I first heard about this event a few years back and think it is one of the more original concepts going in terms of local charity events. Known as the “Krispy Kreme Challenge”, it is an annual, student-organized race held in Raleigh to raise funds and awareness for the NC Children’s Hospital. Legend has it the “challenge” was born back 2004 as a result of a bet between a handful of NC State college students. The first challenge had a mere 10 participants but its popularity has caught on like wildfire and the race has grown in size in subsequent years with a massive 5,500 runners in the 2009. The “Challenge” has become one of NC State University’s most well known and beloved traditions.

Here is how the challenge works. Participants start at the NC State Belltower on Hillsborough Street, and run 2 miles to the Krispy Kreme store located on Peace St. in downtown Raleigh. Upon their arrival the runners are greeted by a cheering crowd and promptly handed a box with a dozen tasty Krispy Kreme donuts. After downing a full dozen of the donuts, the runners must then run the two miles back to the NC State Belltower. If that isn’t challenging enough it all has to be done in less than one hour!

The challenge attracts a wide range of runners from beginners to serious competitors hailing from all corners of the country. With an expected participation of 6,000 runners expected at this year’s event, the 2010 race to be the biggest yet! The race is scheduled to take place at 9am on February 6, 2010. For more information and to sign up you can visit the official Krispy Kreme Challenge website here. Oh, in case you were wondering, the donut eating is optional.

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