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Krispy Kreme Challenge registration opens Saturday

Posted October 29, 2014

Racers often come in costume to the Krispy Kreme Challenge. The goal is to run about 2.5 miles to Krispy Kreme, eat a dozen donuts and run back.

— Does eating a dozen doughnuts and then going for a 5 mile run sound like a great way to start off your Valentine's Day? Well, you might want to register for the Krispy Kreme Challenge! 

Registration opens Saturday for the Feb. 14 race that combines running, doughnut eating and some pretty great costumes all to raise money for the North Carolina Children's Hospital. 

The annual event began in 2004 as a dare between a few North Carolina State University undergrads. Run from the campus bell tower to the Krispy Kreme, eat a dozen doughnuts, then run back. Sophomore Ben Gaddy was the first winner with a time of 34 minutes and 27 seconds.

It has only grown from there. Even making it onto Sports Illustrated’s “102 More Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate.”

You can race alone or in teams. Costumes are highly encouraged.

There are about 8,000 spots available for the 2015 race, and they go fast so register in advance. Since the event falls on Valentine's Day, the race is adding a "Dynamic Doughnut Duos" couples costume category.

Registration fees are expected to be close to last year, with an early bird discount happening until the end of the year. Last year, registration fees were $28 for N.C. State students and $35 for non-N.C. State students through Dec. 31.

Last year, the race raised $200,000 for the NC Children's Hospital. In its history, the race has raised $758,000 for the hospital. 


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  • Bill Brasky Oct 30, 2014

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    You don't have to eat a dozen doughnuts. During sign up you have the option of being a competitive runner or not. In the case of being a competitive runner you are required to eat a dozen in order to not be disqualified. I ran it last year and had one doughnut, and even that was tough to handle.

  • karenbloom Oct 29, 2014

    I love this race! It's so fun and for a good cause. No speed records needed - do it at your own pace and enjoy!

  • Progressiveredneck Oct 29, 2014

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    You don't have to eat the dozen donuts, but in the spirit of the race/challenge most people do.

  • busyb97 Oct 29, 2014

    It is just so wrong. I get the fun and the race and all, but requiring you to eat a dozen donuts and then run back??! The results speak for themselves along the race course....just nasty. Have them CHOOSE how many they want to eat, and for the sake of others around, limit it to what will stay in their stomach!!

    The health hazard of all that bodily fluid...just disgusting.

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Oct 29, 2014

    I ran the Krispy Kreme Challenge once. Once