Krispy Kreme Challenge Requires Runners to Eat a Dozen Donuts in an Hour

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Is there anything more beautiful than people doing wacky stuff for charity?

The Krispy Kreme Challenge is an annual charity event in which participants run a 5-mile road course that leads to a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts shop, eat one dozen doughnuts, and run back to the finish line in under 1 hour. For those that are counting, that’s 2,400 calories and 144 grams of fat to eat and a lot of running. Sound crazy? Maybe. But it’s tradition. And is it fun? Totally.

The event began in 2004 and was put on by Park Scholars at North Carolina State University in Raleigh N.C. Every year, students and community members alike come together to raise money for a good cause.

This year was the Challenge’s 15th year, and one runner, Jacob Wormald, actually completed the challenge in under 30 minutes. His exact time was 29 minutes and 19 seconds, the race’s organizers said.

To make the race more exciting, people run in elaborate costumes— everything from dinosaur suits to sumo outfits can be seen. This year, around 5,300 people registered for the challenge, according to the organizers of the event.

All proceeds go to charity. Since the event was founded, Krispy Kreme Challenge has raised nearly $1.7 million for UNC Children’s Hospital.

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