Overhead shot of an open box of Krispy Kreme donuts.

Krispy Kreme Challenge

Five miles. Twelve doughnuts. One hour. Discover the daring delight that’s become one of Raleigh’s fastest-growing traditions.


Each year, runners brave the brisk winter 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 $1.9 million for the University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital, making it the hospital’s largest unrestricted donor.

Check out some sugary stats racked up over 18 years of the Krispy Kreme Challenge:

1,088,870+ Doughnuts Consumed

455,615 Miles Run

$1.9M Raised

91,123 Runners Participated