Thousands turn out for Krispy Kreme race challenge

Diane Alter – AHN News Reporter

Raleigh, NC, United States (AHN) – A doughnut in the hand is worth two on the hips.

But that didn’t stop thousands of people from pounding the pavement in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday to get their hands on dozens of doughnuts in “The 8th Annual Krispy Kreme Challenge.”

Some 7,700 people from all over North Carolina ran or walked the first 2.5 miles, which took participants from the bell tower at North Carolina State University to the Krispy Kreme store on Peace Street. Once there, racers were challenged to eat a dozen doughnuts and then, on a sugar high, turn and run back to the tower.

The event, which is a fundraiser for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital, raised $122,000. Krispy Kreme kicked in a $100,000 donation.

Many race participants came dressed in costume to add to the festivities.

According to organizers, a total of a half ton of doughnuts were consumed at the event.

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