Carb-Loaded Champs

February 7, 2011

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A cold February rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the 7,500 participants in this year’s Krispy Kreme Challenge, who helped raise more than $100,000 for the N.C. Childrens Hospital during the annual four-mile, doughnut-fueled dash to downtown and back.

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 the campus newspaper and being placed as #85 on the”102 More Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate” by Sports Illustrated, 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.

Jeffrey Glick (Ft. Bragg, NC) finished first overall with a time of 29:31, while Raleigh’s Trisha Moore (36:30) finished first in the women’s division. (Photos by Becky Kirkland/University Communications)

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Rain-soaked participants enjoy Krispy Kreme Challenge festivities. Many of the 7,500 participants came dressed to stand out in the crowd. Even 'The King' did his part for the N.C. Childrens Hospital. To successfully complete the KKC, runners had to down a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts - and keep 'em down. Discarded boxes - and a few unwanted doughnuts - in the Krispy Kreme parking lot. It seems as if every participant has his or her own plan as to how to successfully put down a dozen doughnuts. Volunteers stand at the ready, greeting runners with their 2,400-calorie, mid-race meal. The halfway point of this year's Krispy Kreme Challenge, as runners enjoy their mid-race meal - some more than others. This incognito participant ingested his dozen doughnuts in a 'Flash.' Stay down, doughnuts - stay down! Participants rooted for one another in their quest to complete the Challenge. Although the event was for a great cause, many runners found themselves second-guessing their food choices. An early Valentine's Day present - one dozen doughnuts! One participant hoped contestants preferred water over milk, as a companion to their dozens of doughnuts. Bystanders offer KKC runners blunt encouragement. The KKC drew runners of all ages, including many from NC State. 7,500 participants filled the streets for this year's Krispy Kreme Challenge - the largest in history. The cold and rain did nothing to deter enthusiasm for this year's Krispy Kreme Challenge. Runners got a good look at Raleigh's revitalized Hillsborough Street during the Krispy Kreme Challenge. The thought of eating a dozen doughnuts left this competitor feeling a little blue. Chancellor Randy Woodson speaks to those assembled for the Krispy Kreme Challenge. Bystanders gather to watch the 2011 Krispy Kreme Challenge. Thumbs up for the N.C. Childrens Hospital! A runner prepares for the 2011 Krispy Kreme Challenge. Runners found fun ways to keep their feet warm during the cold, wet race. In addition to human competitors, a wide range of 'animals' found their way to the starting line as well. Umbrellas (and gorilla suits) were high on the 'accessories of the day' list. Runners compete in the 2011 Krispy Kreme Challenge. Some runners took extra precautions in case of heavy rains. The run back to the Belltower was a struggle for most. A group of runners celebrate its participation in this year's doughnut-fueled event. The finish line - where unsettled stomachs met good vibes - and a feeling of accomplishment for all who crossed it. Cannibalism, the ultimate sacrifice in the name of raising money for the N.C. Childrens Hospital. Congratulations to all involved - participants, volunteers and fundraisers alike. We'll see you next year!