America may run on Dunkin, but in Raleigh, they run for Krispy Kremes.
It’s called the Krispy Kreme Challenge, which originated in Raleigh, when some NC State students got hungry and ran 2.5 miles to the Krispy Kreme. They got their donuts and ran back. The rest is history.
That may not be exactly how it happened, but the current Krispy Kreme Challenge is a 2.5 mile run to the Krispy Kreme. You then eat TWELVE Krispy Kreme Donuts–2400 calories!–and then you run back 2.5 miles. The 10th annual run for the donuts raised $200,000 for the NC Children’s hospital!
I am so there.
I love running.
I love eating Krispy Kremes! (I cried when the Altoona, PA Krispy Kreme closed. It was . . .sorry. Give me a minute. It was . . .It was emotional . . .I . . .I’m sorry. I still can’t talk about it.)
As my readers know, I’m really bummed when I finish a race and there’s nothing but bananas and turkey wraps to eat.
Hand me a box of Krispy Kreme donuts and I’ve died and gone to Heaven!
It apparently is a challenge, because you have to complete the five miles and 12 donuts in ONE HOUR.
This is going to take some serious training.
I mean, I’m going to have to start slow. One mile and maybe two donuts. Run another mile. Work up from there. This could take months and a bazillion calories. But where am I going to find Krispy Kremes up here along the arctic circle in Pennsylvania????
This is definitely going to take some planning.
Here’s a diagram of the donut interchange:
Look at the boxes of donuts on the tables!
There are definitely strategies to study here. One blogger wrote about her husband’s participation. He used gloves (butt inspection gloves!) to avoid sugar hands! Sugar Hands! I would never have thought about that!
Some runners flatten the donuts in a stack–like pancakes. Others wad them up into a single donut mass. How will I ever know what works best for me? I’ll have to try them all!
Thank God I have a year to train for this!