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Raleigh runners dash, dine for charity

Posted February 4, 2012

— The fundraiser that began as a dare resulted in more than 7,500 people running the streets of Raleigh Saturday morning. krispy kreme 2012 2012 Krispy Kreme Challenge

In 2004, a group of friends challenged each other to run from the campus of North Carolina State University to the Krispy Kreme store on Peace Street. Thus was born the Krispy Kreme Challenge. 

The route expanded to five miles this year with more than 7,600 runners registered for the opportunity to race to the donut shop, down a dozen and race back to the NC State Belltower. The student-organized charity race benefits the NC Children’s Hospital.

The race started at 8:30 a.m., and the first runners crossed the finish line about half an hour later. Alex Varner won the men's division with a time of 28:37. 

Organizers said the 2012 race raised more than $100,000.


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  • jjinhualiu Feb 7, 2012

    Can they not run in a park or other designated area that does not obstruct local business from making the money they need to live off of?

  • gopack07 Feb 6, 2012

    I'm glad this race has received such great support, but on the other hand it's kind of a shame they can't monitor everyone to make sure they eat the donuts. The point of the "challenge" is to scarf down a dozen donuts and then run back. I did it last year and the "winners" of this race just grab their box of donuts (or just leave their box) and run back. I guess it's all in good fun though, and I'm glad they raise so much money for charity.