This past weekend I participated in the Krispy Kreme Challenge. The Krispy Kreme Challenge is a race that raises money for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. You start at the bell tower at NC State and run two miles to Krispy Kreme in downtown Raleigh. When you get to Krispy Kreme you then have to eat twelve donuts. After you finish eating your donuts you have to run two miles back to the bell tower at NC State. The challenge is to do all of this in one hour. I had never done it before so I was really excited/nervous about it. I have friends that have done it before and I have heard the horror stories of how you feel the rest of the day because you ate a dozen donuts. But I was doing it with a couple friends and on race day we were all ready to go. The run there was crowded. Over 5000 people ran this year, so the whole time we were weaving in and out of people. When I got to Krispy Kreme and got my box of donuts the first thought that came to mind was, “What have I got myself into?” I decided (thanks to Brian’s suggestion) that I was going to use the dunk method and dunk my donuts in my cup of water to make them softer. Around donut six or seven, I didn’t think I would be able to take another bite, but I kept on pushing and finally got all twelve down. Then it was time to run back, and this is where most of the horror stories you hear are from. But to me it was honestly the easiest part. I ran at a slow pace because I was afraid I might throw up if I pushed myself too hard. The hardest part about the run back was seeing all the spots where people had thrown up. But I finished the race in under an hour and completed the Krispy Kreme Challenge!! I have already decided to start training to do it again next year. A group of twelve students started this five years ago at NC State, and this year over $35,000 was raised for charity!! So next spring if you are looking for the sweetest race (figuratively and literally) to run, take the Krispy Kreme Challenge. I’ll see you there!