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Krispy Kreme Challenge
image via Katy Browning
One of the most anticipated races in
the Raleigh area is the annual Krispy
Kreme Challenge. This year’s Krispy
Kreme Challenge will take place on
February 4th, at 8:30 a.m. Individuals
of all ages are encouraged to attend and
participate in this event. All proceeds
will go to the NC Children’s Hospital.,
The Krispy Kreme Challenge is a
unique 5 mile racing event that is un
like any other. In order to compete in
the race, participants must start at the
NC State Bell Tower, run 2.5 miles to
the Krispy Kreme on Peace St., eat a
dozen donuts, and then continue to run
another two and a half miles back to
the Bell Tower. In order to compete in
the race, participants must attempt to
complete the entire course—all in less
than one hour.
Because of the increased popularity
of the race, the Krispy Kreme Chal
lenge has expanded its route by an extra
mile. In previous years, the race was
four miles total, but this year, the race
will be approximately five miles total.
The route was expanded for safety and
This crazy, donut-eating event has
been embraced by the local community
and has become an annual tradition
in the Raleigh area. The first Krispy
Kreme Challenge began as a dare
among NC State students in 2004.
After receiving local attention, students
decided to publicize the event and use
it as a fundraising opportunity to help
local organizations. The race has since
included 7,500 runners in 2011 and
raised approximately $122,000.
The Krispy Kreme Challenge has also
grown into a national phenomenon. It
was placed at #85 in the Sports Illus
trated article “102 Things You Gotta Do
Before You Graduate.” It has also been
named as the “#i Thing to Do Before
You Graduate” on NC State’s campus.
Many Meredith students have chosen
to participate in the race as well.
Katy Browning, a senior at Meredith
College, has observed and participated
in the KKC for several years.
“It’s a unique race to be a part of.
so to me it was like ‘100 things before
you die’ sort of deal. I met people from
all over the US who traveled to run the
KKC, so they must agree! Also, it’s for
a great cause, all the money goes to the
North Carolina Children’s Hospital,” said
Participants are also encouraged to
sign up as Casual Runners if they are
interested in the race but not quite sure
they can eat a dozen donuts and run
five miles in a one hour time frame.
Casual Runners may choose to complete
the race but are not required to eat the
entire box of donuts or finish the course.
Individuals are also welcome to come
out and support the competitors on race
day. There will be t-shirts available for
purchase, with all revenue again going
towards the NC Children’s Hospital.
Although registration has already
been filled for the 2012 race, Meredith
students are encouraged to support this
local tradition. It is a once in a lifetime
opportunity that happens only in the Ra
leigh community. Interested individuals
should be on the lookout for registration
for the 2013 Krispy Kreme Challenge.
Knowing Non-Profit in North Caroiina
As many in the Meredith community
know, Meredith College is the host for
the Susan G. Komen for the Cure NC
Triangle Race, a nonprofit event that
takes place eveiy year in June. Nonprofit
organizations are businesses that raise
money and accept donations to better a
community of people who have a specific
commonality including, but not limited
to, medical and health conditions, hu
man and animal rights concerns, educa
tion facilities and matters dealing with
poverty. The Race for the Cure event, in
particular, allows walkers and runners
alike to join in on the fun and support
a good cause. Each participant has the
choice to complete either a one-mile or
5k walk or run, followed by a kids’ dash.
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In doing so, the participants take the
time to support a national organization
by raising donations for breast cancer
research and financial assistance.
Melyssa Allen, director of Meredith
College News, states that “Meredith Col
lege has served as the host site for the
Komen NC Triangle Race for the Cure for
the past 15 years. When deciding what
kinds of community events the campus
will host, preference is given to organiza
tions that align with Meredith College’s
own mission of educating and support
ing women.” Providing an education and
increasing awareness of breast cancer
is exactly what Meredith College and
the Race for the Cure do on our campus
each year. Cricket McCoy, the Assistant
Director of Admissions Transfer/Adult
Students at Meredith College and breast
cancer survivor, is proud to say that
“Meredith College has consistently won
largest College and University Team, av
eraging between 125 and 170 people each
year. This team is made up of students,
faculty, staff, alums and their families.”
McCoy has served as the Meredith Col
lege team leader for several years, spend
ing her time and efforts to better this
Although it is often easy to overlook
these organizations in our area, it is
crucial to take the time to discover their
importance and goals. Many nonprofit
organizations look to their communities
for donations and fundraising opportu
nities. One of the most popular fundrais
ers is a walking or running competition,
much like the Race for the Cure that
Meredith College hosts. Other events
include sailboat races, elegant balls and
parties, motorcycle rides and musical
concerts. Fundraising and donation-
based events are important to nonprofit
organizations, but increasing awareness
is equally important.
Everyone benefits from a nonprofit
event. When organizations create aware
ness for their concerns, they encourage
the individuals in their community to
donate both time and money to help
cure and perform more research on an
issue. McCoy says, “Last year more than
40,000 North Carolinians were directly
impacted by Komen NC triangle com
munity health grants.” Local individuals
benefit from the efforts of their commu
nity. Not only do the members of these
organizations profit, but also those who
give their time receive a profit. All vol
unteers and participants of an event gain
the satisfaction of giving back to their
community and increasing the aware
ness of the next generation.
To find a nonprofit organization in your
area, go to http://nccenter.brinkster.
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