Posted by Melanie Zink and Angie Luvara, RALEIGH, NC -- On Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, runners from all over gathered in Raleigh to participate in what may be the only road race in which participants actually take in more calories than they burn—The Krispy Kreme Challenge. Participants run from the Bell Tower at North Carolina State University to the local Krispy Kreme, where they ingest 12 doughnuts (2400 calories) and then run back to the Bell Tower. The 4.77 mile run burns about 500 calories on average, only a fraction of those donuts ingested during the run! Possibly due to the abnormal nature of the race, the Krispy Kreme Challenge attracts anything but average runners. From a man dressed as a Spartan to a few different superhero costumes to grown men outfitted in their finest footie pajamas, participants in this stomach-churning race had plenty of interesting sights to take their mind off the sugar-induced stomach ache they were sure to endure for the second half of the race! The light-hearted atmosphere, free doughnuts, and great stories to tell more than make up for the extra workouts participants will need to burn off all those extra calories.
Melanie Zink is a Psychology Student in the Master’s Degree Program at North Carolina Central University. She is an avid runner and participated in the Krispy Kreme Challenge. Angie Luvara is a photographer and Managing Editor of Social Shutter. She is also an avid runner and participated in the Krispy Kreme Challenge. Emails can be directed to Angie Luvara at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more photos from the Krispy Kreme Challenge, log on to our Facebook page.