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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 weather 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 to the nearest Krispy Kreme, 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 lark 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.

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Your Challenge Awaits

Join thousands of students, volunteers and runners — and experience one of NC State’s sweetest traditions.

An aerial view of people running the Krispy Kreme Challenge.

I couldn’t be prouder to say that this was my stupid idea.

Chris Arbonies

B.A. psychology, 2007

A Reason To Run

This isn’t just a show of gastrointestinal fortitude. The Krispy Kreme Challenge is an NC State tradition rooted in one of our most cherished values: philanthropy.

Since its inception in 2004, the challenge has raised more than $2 million for the University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital, making this event the hospital’s largest unrestricted donor.

Check out some sugary stats racked up over 19 years of the Krispy Kreme Challenge:

$2M+ Raised

See the impact 

455,000+ Miles Run

A student holds up wolf hands while biting into a donut.
Bellyaches, banana suits and more baked goods than we could count. Get the rundown on the 2020 Krispy Kreme Challenge from NC State student AnnE Ford.