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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 8, 2014, we hosted more than 8,000 people for the 10th Annual Krispy Kreme Challenge, where we donated $200,000 to the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

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 between a few NC State undergraduate students. Sophomore Ben Gaddy took home bragging rights that afternoon, running the race in 34 minutes and 27 seconds. After receiving positive coverage from campus newspapers, Krispy Kreme Challenge was placed as #85 on the “102 More Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate” by Sports Illustrated, and N.C. State Student Government also named it the “#1 Thing to Do Before You Graduate.” 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.

The North Carolina Children’s Hospital

The North Carolina Children’s Hospital is a specially-designed hospital that caters to the needs of children that are sick or injured, and their families.  This state-of-the-art facility was designed with children in mind, and provides conveniences to the patients that help them to just be kids, such as a 2-story play atrium designed to look like an outdoor park.  In addition, the hospital has the state’s only fully accredited hospital school, which keeps patients from kindergarten to 12th grade on top of their studies.  The medical amenities include a newborn critical care facility, a cardiac care unit, a comprehensive cancer center, and more. 

You can feel confident when you participate in the Krispy Kreme Challenge that your donation is supporting a great cause. You are giving your vote of confidence to a children’s hospital that provides state-of-the-art care to its patients regardless of their family’s ability to pay. A confirmation of the quality of care that is provided was made when North Carolina Children’s Hospital was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the “America’s Best” for the sixth straight year. The hospital ranks in 7 out of 10 clinical categories in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 “Best Children’s Hospitals” list. Learn more from the following official press release from the North Carolina Children’s Hospital:

June 11, 2013

N.C. Children’s Hospital named one of “America’s Best” 

North Carolina Children’s Hospital has been ranked in seven clinical specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, marking the sixth straight year N.C. Children’s Hospital has been recognized as one of “America’s Best.”

N.C. Children’s Hospital is recognized 11th in pulmonology, 24th in gastroenterology, 28th in neonatology, 31st in cancer, 35th in orthopaedics, 41st in endocrinology and diabetes, and 45th in nephrology.

“This is a well-deserved honor for the talented and dedicated clinicians who make North Carolina Children’s Hospital a well-respected leader in the care of children, not just here in the Southeast but across the country,” said Wesley Burks, MD, Physician-in-Chief of N.C. Children’s Hospital and Chair of Pediatrics at the UNC School of Medicine.  “I especially want to thank the many individuals who participated in this year’s survey.  With multiple responsibilities to which you dedicate your time and energy, I am grateful for your help in making N.C. Children’s Hospitals one of the best in the nation.”

The rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. hospitals in each of these pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Of 179 hospitals surveyed, 87 ranked in at least one of the 10 specialties.

“N.C. Children’s Hospital deserves high praise,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. The rankings “show the dedication and expertise that N.C. Children’s brings to the care of children who need those qualities the most. We think it is important to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like this one.”

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care available. The rankings offer families an exclusive look at quality-related information at the individual hospital level.

More information about the rankings can be viewed at


All proceeds from the Krispy Kreme Challenge are donated to the North Carolina Children’s Hospital so that the staff can continue to provide the best care and facilities for patients.