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Best Krispy Kreme Challenge costumes

Posted February 3

Paul Smith, of Raleigh, emulates Justin Timberlake at the 2010 Krispy Kreme Challenge in Raleigh on Saturday, Feb. 6.

— Every year thousands of people run through downtown Raleigh to eat a dozen doughnuts then try to run back without losing their lunch. This event is known as the Krispy Kreme Challenge and it has become such a huge event that it made Sports Illustrated's "102 More Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate" list.

The costumes runners rock during this race have become just as big a spectacle as the run itself. Last year visitRaleigh hosted its first costume contest for racers. It will be continuing that tradition again this year. 

To help get you into the spirit of the race, which is this Saturday, we wanted to rank our favorite costumes we've seen along the race route. (Note: There are probably some great costumes our cameras haven't caught. These are just the ones we have photographic evidence of.) 

Pac-Man Group:

These guys put a fun spin on a classic game. We can only hope they made the appropriate sound effects while running (waka waka waka)!

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Justin Timberlake:

This runner channeled his inner JT by re-creating one of the singer's famous "Saturday Night Live" characters. The sunglasses and bow add a nice touch.

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Gladiators: 

This group looked fierce in their homemade gladiator costumes. Homemade costumes really can be more creative and fun than store-bought ones.

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Fat Power Rangers: 

Looks like the Power Rangers trained for the Krispy Kreme Challenge by just eating doughnuts. This group was having a great time!

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The Krispy Kreme Crew: 

This group jumped out of bed to complete the Krispy Kreme Challenge. We love the little details, like a lipstick mark on the edge of the cup, and the "First in Flight" license plate on the truck.

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