Could this be the new future of competitive eating? The Krispy Kreme challenge isn't your every day "eat a metric crapload" type challenge, but a combination of both eating prowess and fitness. The Challenge: to run 2 miles downtown, eat 12 Krispy Kreme Donuts, then run 2 miles back to the belltower. Not only is this a challenge for pride, but a fantastic fundraising activity supporting N.C. Childrens Hospital Programs! If you're in the area, give them your support by either entering or spectating!
In 2004, NC State Sophomore Chris McCoy came up with a challenge. He would gather some friends at the NC State belltower and begin a run toward downtown Raleigh. His jog would take him two miles downhill to the Raleigh Krispy Kreme bakery. There they would each consume 1 dozen of the legendary hot glazed doughnuts. The group would then run back to the belltower to finish the race. All in less than an hour.
The run was only a rumor, until December 2004. The Saturday before exams, while most were recovering from the traditional Hillsborough Hike, Peyton Hassinger and Greg Mulholland gathered some friends to complete the Challenge. About 10 students participated and the day’s winner was Ben Gaddy, who completed the Challenge with a record time of 34 minutes, 27 seconds. The Challenge made it into the pages of Sports Illustrated: On Campus (see #85), which helped spread the word about this crazy idea.The second annual Krispy Kreme Challenge took place in January of 2006. The event was huge- much bigger than the organizers had expected. Over 150 runners participated, with at least 40 runners completing the challenge! The event raised $800 for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.
This year, we expect even more runners. To accommodate the masses, we are reorganizing the race structure. We will have only two starts- one for competitive runners and one for casual runners. That means all the runners will be racing down Peace Street at the same time! Also, we’ve introduced the idea of teams. Organize a group of your friends, come up with a team name, and race together. Teams will be recognized based on both time and enthusiasm.
The Krispy Kreme Challenge is more than a gastric and physical endurance test. Any proceeds will go to support the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. Come and take the challenge: run for the kids.
To Complete the Krispy Kreme Challenge is to:
1) Run from the NC State Belltower to the Krispy Kreme on Peace Street.
2) Eat one dozen donuts.
3) Run back to the Belltower.
4) Do all this in under one hour.
People always ask if puking is allowed.
Don’t puke on purpose.
That’s not fair to the rest of us.
Here is what the route will look like for 2007.
The Krispy Kreme Challenge is not for the faint at heart.
Here are some facts about the Challenge that every challenger needs to be aware of:
Doughnuts: 12 Original Glazed Krispy Kreme Doughnuts