The Krispy Kreme Challenge has claimed the life of one runner, on Saturday, February 6. The announcement was made later that day by organizers of the popular annual competition, which was now at its 12th edition.
The Krispy Kreme Challenge debuted in 2004, and surprisingly enough is not actually affiliated with or sponsored by the doughnut and coffee shop chain based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Instead, it’s a charity event spearheaded by exceptionally gifted Park Scholars at North Carolina State University, with the purpose of raising funds for North Carolina’s Children’s Hospital.
The Kripsy Kreme Challenge normally involves completing a 5-mile race in an hour, while consuming 12 glazed doughnuts. Therefore, those who successfully finish the race are considered to show both physical and gastrointestinal prowess as well.
On the other hand, it’s worth noting that not everyone who competes must follow the last part of the game: that is dedicated solely for “challengers”, whereas “casual runners” must simply sprint for 5 miles, without having to indulge in the eating competition also.
The race starts at the Memorial Belltower, located on North Carolina State University’s campus in Raleigh, and its mid-point is at the Krispy Kreme Doughnut shop situated downtown, between Person and Peace Street.
That’s where the glazed doughnuts are eaten by the challengers, and after this copious feast amounting to 144 grams of fat and 2,400 calories, all the runners must dash back to the Memorial Belltower, this return race being obviously the most daunting part of the competition.
Apparently, during this year’s event, a 58-year old runner fell ill shortly after starting the Krispy Kreme Challenge, and was forced to retreat from the race after completing less than a mile, and long before arriving at the Krispy Kreme doughnut shop.
The man, whose identity wasn’t initially released to the public, complained that he was experiencing chest discomfort and pain. As a result, emergency care practitioners quickly offered him first aid assistance, and then rushed him to Rex Hospital.
However, shortly after admitting the patient into the medical center, Rex Hospital staff had no choice but to acknowledge and record his demise. Since then, the deceased runner has been identified by his loved ones as Jeff Woods (nicknamed “FaFa”).
Brad Bohlander, a representative of the North Carolina State University, recently issued a statement on behalf of the academic institution, regarding the runner’s sudden demise. Bohlander extended his heartfelt condolences to Woods’ family and friends, expressing his regrets following the premature loss they have suffered.
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