Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Krispy Kreme Challenge

For those who weren't reading here last year, this is a race that Christopher ran in.  It's a crazy race!  Here is the general format.

Run 2 miles
Eat 1 dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts
Run another 2 miles

Sound like fun?  It didn't to me!  LOL  Last year, the weather was cold and we didn't go out to watch.  This year, some of us wanted to go.  I was so disappointed to wake up to it pouring down rain.  I knew it was supposed to rain - but it was raining hard!  We had decided the night before to try to go - no matter what the weather  The three little boys and one sweet friend decided to go along for the fun.

As we were sitting in the van, in the rain, I really pondered the sanity of what we were doing.  Not that it compares to the sanity of what 7500 other people were doing that morning (the racers).

By the time we arrived, the rain had tapered off considerably.  It was still raining though and it was really cold!  We were able to park pretty close to the doughnut distribution site.  We then walked to find Christopher and Roger.  Oh yeah, did I forget to mention that Roger decided to run the race this year?

We found them pretty quickly.  Christopher was already eating doughnuts.  It didn't take too long before the enjoyment of eating them wore off.

Roger started after putting on gloves so his hands wouldn't get sticky.  (That really seemed the least of the problems with eating the doughnuts to me!)

We chatted with them and watched them eat.
One of the tricks to getting down so many was to smash them all together.
So close when you get down to the last few.  Those are the hardest ones to eat though!
Not sure what type of encouragement Christopher might have been getting from his little brother here.

 What was fun was seeing some of the costumes that people were wearing for the race!  It was hilarious.

Can you see the "girl scout" in the middle?  With facial hair?  This guy cracked us up!
It was quite a mess after most of the runners left.  It was cleaned up pretty quickly though a short time later.

It really was a fun morning.  As most of the runners got their doughnuts, we saw that there were still MANY more boxes.  We went over and asked if we could have some doughnuts.  Christopher had offered to pay $1 for each box his brothers brought home for him.  They told us we could take as many as we wanted.  And we did.

We piled 50 boxes in our van.  (40 of those were going to my house!)  It was crazy.  We then decided to make another stop on the way home at the Farmers Market to check out the bulk produce.  Instead of just looking, we made some purchases.  (I'm hoping to start up a produce co-op soon and wanted to get a feel for what this would look like.)  Great prices and we have enjoyed the food!  Here's what the van looked like after that stop.

This is my share of the fruits and veggies - total cost $16.

So we arrive home and have all those doughnuts.  Isaiah asked if it would be alright if he went around the neighborhood and sold the doughnuts.  I told him it would be fine, but he needed to be able to tell people why he was selling them.  He decided to sell them to raise money for Reece's Rainbow.  Joshua also wanted to sell them and he wanted to raise money for JDRF.  (Yes, we saw the irony in selling these sugar-laden treats to raise money for a group fighting for a cure for diabetes.)  They sold $84 worth of doughnuts at $3 per box.  They were very excited.  I'm really proud of them!

Soon after we arrived home, the runners came home too.  At the end of the race, they were still able to smile.

Roger hasn't touched any of the many boxes of doughnuts we have at home.  Christopher on the other hand has been enjoying them immensely.  All in all, it was a really fun morning.  I look forward to attending (and definitely not running) again next year.



  1. That looks like so much fun LOL!!

    I am amazed at how many boxes of doughtnuts were left over...mmmm...I looove doughtnuts!

  2. Only a teenage boy would be able to eat more doughnuts after that! I am proud of those boys for selling the extras to raise money for their charities, what a good job you are doing raising them.

    and that produce looks good!

  3. what a hoot! I love KK donuts-don't have those in our state but when we travel, kinda beg the hubster to stop and get us each one. They are the best hot off the press! MMMM and what a fun way to raise funds for two very awesome organizations! I know we go to one of the farmer's markets in NC-I know they sell giant strawberries there and there is a family company that sells awesome spices...when Dave drives NC I ask him to stop when he can-there and at Asheville's Biltmore estates to get some delish wines.
    Glad you all had fun and those boyz of yours are crazy nuts for trying to shovel 12 donuts down then run another 2 miles-

    Hugs to you dear!

  4. Leslie, I agree with Jasmine! Only a teenage boy could keep on with the doughnuts after all that!!

    You are amazing! Thanks so much for including us this morning. And for your gracious way in calling me. Was I in la-la land or what? Anyway, that was VERY nice of you to put those lessons together for everyone. Thanks again!

    Love you,

  5. That is too funny. I bet my oldest would love to eat a dozen donuts. Or at least he thinks he would. What are you going to do with all of those donuts?

  6. Thanks friends! There were LOTS left over. My boys are already excited about next year's race. The doughnuts we brought home are long gone! LOL Yes, we did share some, though we ate a lot too!

  7. That was a fun day! Which farmer's market did you visit? Strawberries already?!

  8. Katie,

    We were at the Raleigh Farmer's Market. The strawberries were yummy and obviously not from around here!


  9. I know this article is old, but I want to thank your family for enthusiastically participating! If it was not for someone creating JDRF & all the wonderful people that participate in events like this, my child may not have gotten the chance he has now of survival!! .


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