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Krispy Kreme Challenge 2014 Sets Fundraising Record!

2400 calories, 12 doughnuts, 5 miles, 1 hour= LIVES CHANGED

This past Saturday, almost 8,000 participants gathered at the NC State bell tower for the 10th Annual Krispy Kreme Challenge. Like last year, I was fortunate enough to compete in the event, which has challengers run 2.5 miles, eat 12 doughnuts and then run 2.5 miles again all in under an hour. And while I’m happy to say that I improved on my time and didn’t get even sick, the real reason I’m proud to have been a part of this event is because of what it accomplished.

This year, the Challenge raised $200,000 for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital, an increase of $23,000 from last year. That brings the 10-year total to over three quarters of a million dollars. That’s a lot of money, and hopefully, a lot of lives saved. What started out as a dare between a few NC State students has moved beyond a phenomenon into a potentially life-changing event. It’s a great reminder that even though sports are fun, some things are more important.

Not that it wasn’t just as crazy as last year though. I spotted the Stay Puft Marshmallow man, a Syracuse group in Speedos and State’s wolf mascot shaped like a Chinese dragon running beside me. And for the second year in a row, Tim Ryan took the crown, in a stunning 30 minutes, 7 seconds – a minute and 25 seconds faster than last year!

Congrats to all of the event organizers and participants for such an overwhelming success!

Krispy Kreme Challenge Resources

To learn more about the Krispy Kreme Challenge, and to find information about next year’s race, visit

To read about the 2013 Krispy Kreme Challenge, read our coverage here-

Here’s a cool timelapse of runners arriving at Krispy Kreme (provided by the News & Observer)-

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