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Krispy Creme Challenge: Can you run with a doughnut in both hands?

February 5, 2011 | 11:13 am

Krispy Kreme300 I'm going to start training for next year's Krispy Kreme Challenge: You run two miles, eat a dozen doughnuts, and then run another two miles. Who wants to train with me?

Held Saturday morning in Raleigh, N.C., the annual event is a fundraiser for North Carolina Children's Hospital. Oddly enough, it is not sponsored by Krispy Kreme.

Here's how this "athletic" endeavor works: Competitors start at the landmark Bell Tower in Raleigh, run two miles to the nearby Krispy Kreme store for a dozen doughnuts, and then run back to the start. Race methods vary. Some stop running to eat all the doughnuts at once. Others eat them on their way back. In order to be a true "challenger" in the race, you have to do it all in under an hour.

It probably won't surprise you to learn that this all started as a college dare back in 2004, which ended up in the local newspaper and grew from there. You don't have to eat the doughnuts to participate, but then you're not in the running (so to speak) for the true challenge.

If you do eat the doughnuts you will have consumed 2,400 calories and 144 grams of fat. So this is one race where you could finish it weighing more than when you started. More coverage of Saturday morning's Krispy Kreme Challenge here.

-- Rene Lynch

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Photo: Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Credit: Associated Press