On a brisk winter morning each year, runners gather at NC State’s campus to embark on a quest of guts, glory and glaze: the Krispy Kreme Challenge.
The student-run event dares participants to dash two and a half miles from the Belltower, eat 12 doughnuts and then — with stomachs bursting — finish with another two-and-a-half-mile run back to their starting point. All in one hour.
What began as a weekend jaunt among Park Scholars has grown into a nationally recognized race, drawing in thousands of participants — and earning a spot on every NC State student’s bucket list.
A Reason to Run
This isn’t just a show of gastrointestinal fortitude. The Krispy Kreme Challenge is an NC State tradition rooted in an NC State value: philanthropy.
Since its inception in 2004, the Challenge has raised more than $1.6 million for the University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital, making it the hospital’s largest unrestricted donor. Another $500,000 has been pledged by the year 2020.
Explore some sugary stats racked up over 16 years of the Krispy Kreme Challenge:
1,022,000+ Doughnuts Consumed
424,845 Miles Run
84,969 Runners Participated
A Sustainability Champion
Certified by the NC State Sustainability Office, the Challenge facilitates the recycling of more than 28,000 boxes and cups after each race.Learn how it's done