It's one of Raleigh's oddest athletic events, the Krispy Kreme Challenge.
Today, organizers announced they'd reached their limit in runners with 6,000 signed up to run and scarf down donuts.
The race, scheduled for Feb. 6, is the brainchild of a handful of N.C. State University students who came up with the idea several years ago to run from campus to the Krispy Kreme store on Peace Street and back, eating a dozen donut in between. Fast forward a few years, and the KKC attracts thousands of runners, and raises money for the N.C. Children's Hospital.
The true challenge is to run the two miles from the N.C. State University Bell Tower, eat the dozen donuts, and run back in an hour, while keeping the doughnuts down.
Stretches of Peace, St. Mary's and Hillsborough streets end up getting littered with the partially-digested doughnuts by those runners who can't quite hold on to the baked goods.
If all the runners eat their donuts, that will mean a total of 72,000 doughnuts inhaled in one morning. Probably not a fun day to be on the clean-up crew.