More Than $100,000 Raised at Krispy Kreme Challenge

RALEIGH, N.C. (February 11, 2011)—The organizing committee of the 2011 Krispy Kreme Challenge (www.krispykremechallenge.com) announces today that more than $100,000 was raised for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital during the seventh annual event. A record 7,500 participants registered for the race, which took place on February 5, 2011.

“We were amazed and thankful to be able to nearly double our $55,000 donation from last year,” said Rebekah Jewell, North Carolina State University Park Scholar and public relations co-chair for the Krispy Kreme Challenge. “These funds help improve the lives of sick children, and our donation would not be possible without tremendous support from participants, sponsors and the community.”

In order to complete the Krispy Kreme Challenge, competitors began at the N.C. State Bell Tower, ran two miles to the Krispy Kreme store on Peace Street, ate a dozen glazed doughnuts, and then ran two miles back to the Bell Tower—all in under one hour. Jeffery Glick, 27, was the overall and top male finisher, completing the challenge in 28:31. Trisha Moore, 28, was the top female finisher, completing the challenge in 36:30.

Beginning as a dare between 10 N.C.  State students in 2004, the race is organized entirely by the school’s students. It has grown exponentially, attracting runners and enthusiasts from all corners of the country and beyond. Runners from 39 states and one Canadian Province took part in the event this year.

About the Krispy Kreme Challenge: Now in its seventh year, the Krispy Kreme Challenge has grown to an astounding 7,500 participants and was listed as #85 on the “102 More Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate” list by Sports Illustrated. Organizers wanted the challenge to be a unique tradition, but saw the opportunity to use it as a means to give back to the local community as well. It was no surprise when organizers selected The N.C. Children’s Hospital as the beneficiary of this ultimate collegiate challenge. Visit www.krispykremechallenge.com for more information.

About the North Carolina Children’s Hospital: The North Carolina Children’s Hospital is a specially designed hospital that caters to the needs of children that are sick or injured, and their families. The state-of-the art facility was designed with children in mind, and provides conveniences to the patients that help them to just be kids, such as a two-story play atrium designed to look like an outdoor park. In addition, the hospital has North Carolina’s only fully accredited hospital school, which keeps patients from kindergarten to 12th grade on top of their studies. The medical amenities include a newborn critical care facility, a cardiac care unit, and a comprehensive cancer center. For more information, visit www.ncchildrenshospital.org.

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