(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Thousands participated in this year's Krispy Kreme Challenge in North Carolina on Saturday, as runners were required to eat a dozen of the company's glazed doughnuts and run two miles to the finish line.
The Krispy Kreme Challenge is an annual student-operated race; it began in 2004 as a dare between 10 North Carolina State students and now raises money for the North Carolina Children's Hospital at Chapel Hill, N.C.
“There are a few people who can't quite keep the doughnuts in them,” said Sudeep Sunthankar, co-chair of the challenge.
Each runner runs two miles from the N.C. State Belltower to the Krispy Kreme store on Peace St. in Raleigh, consumes 12 doughnuts and runs 2 miles back.
This year about 72,000 donuts were consumed by more than 6,000 participants, and the race raised $40,000 for the hospital, according to ABC station WTVD in Raleigh.
One glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut is an estimated 200 calories -- 2,400 calories total for the challenge.
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