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SLOAN COLUMN: I don’t have gut(s) for this challenge

on Tuesday, 21 January 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: I don’t have gut(s) for this challenge

In just a few days, our neighbors to the north will host one of the most mind-numbing, not to mention gross, tests of physical fitness and gastrointestinal fortitude one could possibly imagine. How someone came up with the idea for such an event in the first place staggers the imagination.

On Feb. 1, some 5,000 runners will show up on the campus of N.C. State University to try their luck at completing the Krispy Kreme Challenge. For those who are unfamiliar with the event, let me tell you what the challenge is about before getting your tastes buds in an uproar.

Competitors will attempt to wolf down a dozen of Krispy Kreme’s finest glazed offerings (the equivalent of 2,400 calories) while completing a five-mile run. Crazy, huh? It gets better. They need to finish in less than one hour and keep from hurling.

As one can imagine, video footage of the finish line is not for the faint of heart. Many of the runners head for the nearest trash can, ready to unload the contents of their stomach. It’s all in fun though, right?

One good thing to be said about the challenge is that the money raised goes to a UNC Children’s Hospital. In its 16th year, the event has raised $1.6 million.

I’ve taken part in and finished numerous running events. I have most assuredly eaten at least my fair share of doughnuts. What I don’t get is combining the two. Seems like a waste of good pastry as well as brain cells.

I finished the Cooper River Bridge 10K in Charleston two years ago. After struggling across the finish line, the first sight my eyes beheld were two large Krispy Kreme trucks with a half dozen or so tables set up in front of them. Covering the tables were boxes and boxes of doughnuts. After catching my breath, I will admit to scarfing down close to a half dozen. I earned every one of those calories.

To all of this year’s Krispy Kreme Challengers, more power to you. I think I’m going to sit this one out.

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