The 9th annual Krispy Kreme Challenge provided a fun time for all and raised over $177,000 for N.C. Children’s Hospital. The popular Krispy Kreme fundraiser – which started as a dare among N.C. State undergrads back in 2004 – involves running 2.5 miles from the Bell Tower to the Krispy Kreme, eating a dozen doughnuts and then running back.
The Krispy Kreme Challenge 2013 drew 8,000 participants who ate a record 342,000 doughnuts in the middle of their 5-mile fun run. That kind of food intake amidst a long distance run can wreak havoc with a runner’s stomach.
First-time competitor Zach Shapiro recapped for the local newspaper what was no doubt a familiar experience of many competitors. “The first one was delicious,” he told the News and Observer after the race. “The second was not so delicious. The third, fourth and fifth were kind of terrible and the sixth was painful. Now, I just have to try to make it back without vomiting.”
The 2013 Krispy Kreme Challenge race was won by Tim Ryan, 23, of Madison, Wisconsin in 31 minutes and 31 seconds. Tim Ryan also competes in food eating contests. A coincidence? I think not!
Colorful costumes were plentiful as people competed as teams as well as individually. Check out this catchy trio as PacMan, Ghost, and White Dot!
The annual charity event has become a rite of passage for students at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. It’s even made a popular list on Sports Illustrated: “102 Things To Do Before I Graduate.”
Organizers have also made the popular Krispy Kreme Challenge a certified zero-waste event, meaning no waste from the event ends up in landfills. All paper cups and doughnut boxes are composted. Only reusable coolers are allowed and even shrink wrap gets recycled.
And, like all charity events, the Krispy Kreme Challenge served a good purpose. N.C. State junior Ryan King, an organizer of the event that benefits N.C. Children’s Hospital, said “The sickest kids with the rarest diseases go there, and the hospital doesn’t turn anyone away, so it’s really great that we can help them out through a huge event like this,” King said.