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Thousands dash, scarf doughnuts, dash again

Posted February 5, 2011 7:10 a.m. EST
Updated February 5, 2011 7:20 p.m. EST

— On your marks, get set, stuff your face.

About 7,500 people registered for the annual Krispy Kreme Challenge in Raleigh Saturday, and 5,515 managed to complete it, race spokesman Brian Van Norman said.

The rules are simple and stomach-churning: Run for two miles, eat a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and then run back along the same two miles.

That's four miles of running to burn off about 2,400 calories.

The winner was Jeffery Glick, of Fort Bragg, with a time of 29 minutes and 31 seconds. The top female finisher was Trisha Moore, of Raleigh, with a time of 36 minutes and 30 seconds.

It's for a good cause, though.

Student organizers at North Carolina State University presented a check for $100,000 to the North Carolina Children's Hospital. That total was expected to rise when merchandise sales are counted, Van Norman said.

Last year, the event took in more than $55,000.

The race began in 2004 as a dare among friends. In the beginning, there was just a handful of runners, but the race has grown steadily since.