The 8th Annual Krispy Kreme Challenge is set to take place tomorrow morning, February 4th, at 8:30am, and is sure to be quite the spectacle again. We announced when registration opened back in December that the race route was being extended from 4 to 5 miles, beginning at the NC State bell tower, with runners traversing through downtown Raleigh by way of Hillsborough and Boylan streets, crossing over Glenwood, making their way down Peace Street to the Krispy Kreme. Once there, those who signed up as challengers will consume a dozen donuts before making their way back to the bell tower. More than 7500 runners competed in the Challenge last year, and it's expected that, in aggregate, they will consume more than half a ton of donuts tomorrow.
The annual event, which began as a dare between several State students back in 2004, has become one of North Carolina’s largest and most widely publicized races, and has been featured on ESPN in the past. We’re looking forward to seeing the creative costumes and enthusiastic participants yet again this year. The streets near Krispy Kreme and the bell tower will likely be lined with spectators along the route, so those wanting to catch a good view of the runners should try to lock down a spot early. And those who live near or wish to travel through the areas near the race should plan to take an alternate route due to all the road closures.
Proceeds from the Krispy Kreme Challenge this year will go to the NC Children’s Hospital, and we’re happy to see the runners’ efforts going to a good cause. For more information about tomorrow’s race, you can visit the K2C website .