UNFORTUNATE KRISPY KREME CHALLENGE RACE OCCURRENCE
This story is circulating. What's hinted is that the donut eating part of the race was related to the incident, although it was not. According to online reports, like this one, the Krispy Kreme Challenge runner began the race and did not make it to the 2.5 mile mark where the donuts were distributed. He only ran about a mile. This race has successfully raised funds for charity for over 10 years, almost $1million as of 2015.
Possibly race organizers will consider making changes in what will represent the actual "CHALLENGE": running 2.5 miles to the KK shop, then running the return 2.5 miles after eating the full dozen, which they must do in under an hour, to win. Runners registered as "CASUAL" are not required to eat the glazed beauties but are not eligible to win, according to the official race site. There are team competitions too. Personally it seems like a bigger challenge NOT TO EAT donuts for the sake of a great charity. I hope the race survives this incident.
THIS IS NOT A DEFENSE OF EATING A DOZEN DONUTS at one time; eating one every so often seems to be something many should be able to enjoy without guilt.
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