Krispy Kreme Challenge

Krispy Kreme Challenge Trailer (2008)



Here it is, The Krispy Kreme Challenge.

Only watch this one if you have a strong stomach.

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 The News and Observer 

Published: Jan 28, 2007 12:00 AM
Modified: Jan 28, 2007 05:38 AM

Krispy Kreme run is sweet charity

RALEIGH – It’s probably best that most college dares aren’t repeated by the hundreds. The annual Krispy Kreme Challenge, held Saturday, is an exception.A few years ago, N.C. State University student Chris McCoy issued this challenge to friends: Run two miles from N.C. State’s Belltower to the Krispy Kreme store on Person Street. Eat a dozen doughnuts. Run back to the Belltower. All in less than an hour. And without puking.

McCoy overslept the first year. But a dozen tried it anyway in December 2004.

The next year, a group of those original runners made the event a little more formal, setting up a Web site and raising money for charity. About 150 ran last January, raising $800 for the N.C. Children’s Hospital.

This year, organizers revamped the Web site and worked harder to get the word out.

More than 1,300 runners took the challenge Saturday morning, including McCoy for the first time. Streets were closed, and police directed traffic.

About $10,000 will be donated to the N.C. Children’s Hospital.

Many runners were N.C. State University students or recent graduates, but there were others who hadn’t seen a college classroom in decades. Some sported matching T-shirts emblazoned with slogans such as “Glazed & Confused.”

Organizers, mostly seniors at N.C. State, hope to make the race a school tradition. They are cultivating about a dozen freshman to carry on next year.

“We don’t have many notable traditions that other schools have, so I think we are finding a lot of people embracing it,” said Saket Vora, an electrical engineering senior from Cary.

Vora supervised volunteers, who supervised the parking lot at the Krispy Kreme store, where boxes of the glazed delicacies sat in piles. Krispy Kreme, which is not directly affiliated with the race, started making doughnuts at 4:30 a.m. Saturday so there would be enough to supply both the runners and regular customers.

The first runner, Auburn Staples, took only about 8 minutes to run the first two miles. He dunked his doughnuts in water and stuffed them in his mouth, his cheeks pudgy with sugary dough.

Next to him, runners Paul Potorti and Mike Aldrink surveyed their meal.

“Oh my God, what have I gotten myself into,” Potorti said, opening his box. “All right, I’m done,” he said as he started to eat.

“No, man,” Aldrink shouted. “Don’t give up.”

Staples, an N.C. State senior, finished his dozen in about seven minutes and sprinted back down Peace Street. Standing 6 feet and weighing 141 pounds, Staples finished first, in 24 minutes, 31 seconds, beating his time last year by more than six minutes.

Twenty-one blue-shirted runners, all members of an informal “frarority” called Zeta Beta Kappa Kappa Pi Theta Phi Omega Mu/Psi Phi Chi Pi Xi Xi Xi, took the challenge together. Some had done some training runs to prepare; others tried to stretch their stomachs with a feast at Golden Corral.

At Krispy Kreme, members of Zeta Beta Kappa Kappa gathered to eat.

“I live for this,” shouted Drew Fitzgerald, an elementary school teacher who graduated last year.

None of the frarority members made it into the top 10 winners circle, though they grabbed the coveted prize for being the biggest team: each received another dozen doughnuts.

And, for the record, none of them threw up, though a few other runners did, several along a white fence at Krispy Kreme.

As the post-race crowd began to wander away, the frarority members stood on the stage, reveled in their victory and yelled as loud as they could:

“Zeta Beta Kappa Kappa Pi Theta Phi Omega Mu/Psi Phi Chi Pi Xi Xi Xi. Whoo!”


Staff writer Sarah Lindenfeld Hall can be reached at 829-8983 or

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Krispy Kreme Challenge, by the numbers:

1,378: Runners registered for the Krispy Kreme Challenge

722: Runners registered to run and eat a dozen doughnuts

459: Runners registered to run and maybe eat a few doughnuts

187: “Kreme Puffs” registered to watch and give moral support

1,057: Dozen glazed doughnuts Krispy Kreme churned out to supply the event

144: Grams of fat in a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed

120: Grams of sugar in the dozen doughnuts

2,400: Calories in the dozen doughnuts

400: Calories typically burned by running four miles, though the number varies depending on a person’s weight and height and other factors

125: Number of hours a 60-watt light bulb could be powered from the calories in a dozen doughnuts


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