Two weeks ago, the annual Krispy Kreme Challenge (KKC) was held in Raleigh. For North Carolinians, you are likely familiar with this race, which has has grown from a dozen NC State students acting on a dare in 2004 to over 5,000 participants raising over $100,000 for NC Children's Hospitals in 2011. ESPN has even featured the event on a segment of most difficult road races.
So, all you have to do is ........... Well, it sounds like great fun. You run two miles, eat a dozen doughnuts, then run back two miles. My first thought, as must be with many other runners and doughnut connoisseurs who actually go through with it, was that it was a piece of cake. I've put away so many of those "Hot Now" sugary wonders over the years that this race has my name all over it. Besides, there is no way it could be as bad as other self-gorging, food related competitions out there, like 50 hot dogs in five minutes. It really sounds too good to be true!
But you know what they say, "if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is!" Consider for a moment that your mid-run snack will consist of 2,400 calories and 144 grams of fat (note: it takes a run of 2 miles to negate the calorie intake of just one doughnut). Then think through how most runners need the same amount of time, or more, to down the doughnuts as they do to run either section of the course; about two minutes per doughnut. If you are still not getting concerned that this could get a little tricky, ask yourself why hundreds of 5 gallon buckets line the course? Race organizers will tell you that they will be used!
If you run the KKC, more power to you. For me, I think I'll stick to my one, (ok, maybe two), Saturday morning, post-Salem Lake trail, "Hot Now" original glazed with chocolate milk reward. Of course, there is an option for running a more casual race, which does not require completion of the doughnuts, or you can simply support the crazies by way of donations. Both are great alternatives to assist a great cause. But something still tells me that I would not get out of there without eating several more than I ever should in a single morning, or perhaps even in a single month! Now, if it were a race with cream horns.....
Learn more, or register for next year: Krispy Kreme Challenge Home Page