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What is the Krispy Kreme Challenge?

2400 calories, 12 doughnuts, 5 miles, 1 hour.  The mantra of the Krispy Kreme Challenge epitomizes the test of physical fitness and gastrointestinal fortitude.  What started as a challenge among ten friends has transformed into a nationally publicized charity race, and the number one tradition to complete before graduating from North Carolina State University.

On February 14, 2015, we hosted more than 8,000 people for the 10th Annual Krispy Kreme Challenge, where we donated $195,000 to the North Carolina Children's Hospital, bringing the cumulative donation to an impressive $954,000.

Participants begin the Challenge at the Memorial Belltower on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Runners then travel 2.5 miles through historic downtown Raleigh to the Krispy Kreme located at the intersection of Peace and Person Streets, where they attempt to consume one dozen original glazed doughnuts. The hardest part of the Challenge awaits them as they run 2.5 miles back to the Memorial Belltower. This is the  Krispy Kreme Challenge.

 

A Tradition Begins

The Krispy Kreme Challenge started in December 2004 as a dare among a few Park Scholars and their friends, all NC State undergraduates. Sophomore Ben Gaddy took home bragging rights that afternoon, running the race in 34 minutes and 27 seconds. After receiving positive coverage from local and national media, Krispy Kreme Challenge was labeled as:

  1. #85 on the "102 More Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate" by Sports Illustrated
  2. "#1 Thing to Do Before You Graduate." by N.C. State Student Government
  3. One of Denise Malan’s The Runner's Bucket List: 200 Races to Run Before You Die

Organizers decided to publicize the Krispy Kreme Challenge and turn it into something that would not only be an event to bring together people from all over the country but also to benefit an important cause along the way.  It was no surprise when organizers selected The NC Children's Hospital as the most deserving beneficiary of this ultimate collegiate challenge.