Raleigh’s Krispy Kreme Challenge celebrates 10 years

tgoldsmith@newsobserver.comFebruary 6, 2014 

— It’s time to celebrate a decade of doughnuts, say organizers of Saturday’s Krispy Kreme Challenge, the odd Raleigh ritual that has raised more than half a million dollars for charity since its beginnings.

What: In the Krispy Kreme Challenge, an estimated 7,700 runners will depart from the N.C. State University campus, jog or race to the Krispy Kreme store on Person Street and eat a dozen doughnuts as quickly as possible. Runners then make their way back to the beginning point, for a run of about 5 miles.

Unhealthy? Absolutely, but organizers point out that runners are free to eat only some doughnuts, or no doughnuts.

“We make no encouragements and in no way force people to eat the doughnuts,” says Michael Harrison, 21, a NCSU junior and one of three student race directors. “But it takes a wacky idea to get people behind it.”

The race has raised $558,000 for the N.C. Children’s Hospital since its inception, Harrison said.

When and where: Runners depart at 8:30 a.m. from the Bell Tower at Hillsborough Street and Pullen Drive.

What to look for: People in zany costumes, subject of a separate contest.

What to look out for: Runners who experience gastrointestinal distress after combining rapid ingestion of doughnuts with rapid bodily motion.

Participation: Organizers have extended the signup deadline to 9 a.m. Friday, or until a cap of 7,750 is reached. Registration, which includes doughnuts, a T-shirt and other race essentials, costs $35 for NCSU students and $42 for others.

More information: www.krispykremechallenge.com

Goldsmith: 919-829-8929

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