David Freeman is looking forward to running in the Krispy Kreme Challenge for the first time this year. His 11-year-old son, Owen, is looking forward to the doughnuts.
Freeman, a 1991 NC State grad who works as a sales representative with LabRepCo in Raleigh, has run a few other races with his son. But he said Owen has always wanted to run in the Krispy Kreme Challenge, and this year his dad figured he was old enough to handle the five-mile race from NC State’s Bell Tower to the Krispy Kreme in downtown Raleigh and back to the Bell Tower. Freeman calls it the “lure of the doughnuts.”
Father and son have been training for the race for the past six weeks with the help of Freeman’s wife, who is an avid runner. This past weekend, father and son stepped up their training run by adding doughnuts to the mix, an effort to simulate the actual conditions they will face on Saturday. But instead of each eating a dozen doughnuts, as required to meet the Krispy Kreme Challenge, they decided to start with six each.
“It was good,” Freeman says. “He held them down. He was questioning whether he could do it or not, but he pulled through.”
As for himself, Freeman says he was a bit scared by how easy it was for him to combine the doughnuts with the run. “That may be telling me something,” he says.
The Freemans have followed the race from afar for several years and are looking forward to finally being part of the Krispy Kreme Challenge. They will be decked out in their NC State gear, ready to race and eat some doughnuts.
“The challenge is definitely in our minds, and we are going to try to accomplish it,” Freeman says. “But I’m going to stick with him, so our time is not that big of a deal. We have to finish the doughnuts.”
The 9th Annual Krispy Kreme Challenge will be run at 8:30 am on Saturday. About 8,000 runners are expected to participate in the Challenge, which involves a five-mile run from NC State’s Bell Tower to the Krispy Kreme in downtown Raleigh and back. The twist is that runners have to stop at the Krispy Kreme and eat a dozen doughnuts before completing the second half of the race. To complete the challenge, runners must finish the race (and the doughnuts) in less than an hour. The event began in 2004 as a dare between a few NC State students, and raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital.