Twelve doughnuts and a five mile race through downtown Raleigh. Crazy? Yes. But it's for a good cause.

By Meghan Overdeep
Updated January 29, 2020
Krispy Kreme Challenge

Each year, thousands of Southerners sign up to do the unthinkably delicious: eat 12 Krispy Kreme doughnuts in the middle of a five mile race.

With 2,400 calories consumed in less than an hour, Raleigh's annual Krispy Kreme Challenge isn't for the faint of heart—or digestive system. Simultaneously stomach-turning and heartwarming, what started as a challenge among 10 friends has raised $1.6 million for the UNC Children's Hospital over the past 15 years.

The race begins at the North Carolina State University Belltower, then spans 2.5 miles weaving through downtown Raleigh to the Krispy Kreme at the intersection of Peace and Person Streets. There, participants attempt to consume one dozen original glazed doughnuts before making the 2.5 mile run back to the Memorial Belltower.

If you're neither a voracious runner nor eater, fear not, you can also enter to participate as a casual runner (or eater). And you can take home the doughnuts you don't finish.

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Feeling hungry? This year's race is scheduled for this Saturday, February 1st, so there's still time to sign up. Visit for more information.