January 28, 2009

Running for Rolls in Raleigh

Although this is not a Pleasure Island event, it is just so 'out there' that I had to mention it. It is the Krispy Kreme Challenge, a charity event, and it will take place on February 7, 2009 in Raleigh, NC. In simple terms, runners run 2 miles, stop and horse down a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and run 2 miles back.

The annual student-operated event benefits the NC Children's Hospital. The first race was in 2004 with a mere 12 participants and last year, they had a whopping 3,000 runners. The event has become one of NC State University's most popular traditions.

Beginning at the NC State Belltower, each runner runs 2 miles to the Krispy Kreme store located on Peace St. in Raleigh. After downing a full dozen of the famous Krispy Kreme doughnuts, the runner must run the two miles back. All in one hour.

The challenge attracts a wide range of runners from beginners to serious competitors hailing from all corners of the country. This year, it is expected that 5,000 runners/doughnut eaters will participate and ESPN will be on hand to cover the event.

When you consider that the NC Children's Hospital is the beneficiary of all this leg and stomach work, it makes one want to say, "what the heck, let's do it." But if you do, just make sure to wear running shorts with elastic bands and pack some Rolaids.

To learn more about this event, go to the official website:


Maybe some students at UNCW might think about organizing a similar event here in the Wilmington area. And of course we have Britt's Doughnuts and no one beats a Britt's!

12 Original Glazed Krispy Kreme Doughnuts contain:
:: 2400 calories
:: 1200 fat calories
::144g of fat
:: 36g of saturated fat
:: 0g of trans fat
:: 60mg of Cholesterol
:: 1140mg of sodium
:: 120g of sugar
:: 24g of protein

Photo Credit: Bloke doughnut eaters
Photo Credit: Shelia Doughtnut eaters
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