Tuesday, February 1, 2011

1 Hour. 4 Miles. 12 Donuts. 2400 Calories.

With 2011 being my sophomore year of racing running events, it appears this year will be defined as "destination".  While I didn't have to travel far, last weekend's race involved a journey roughly 1.5 miles into "earth" to run a 10k.  In August I plan to participate in the Chicago Triathlon followed by another possible destination event in October.  This weekend marks my first race in which I travel more than 15 miles.  In fact, it's over 1,000 miles: The Krispy Kreme Challenge (K2C) in Raleigh, NC, benefitting NC Children's Hospital.

TKB and I have talked about doing this event for nearly a year now and it's a bonus that her family and a pair of great friends live in the area.  It was Ken and Kyle's participation in previous years that sparked our interested in the first place.

So here's the deal.  You run from NC State campus to a Krispy Kreme store two miles away where you are handed a dozen glazed Krispy Kreme donuts.  Consume the circles of sugary goodness and run back to the Belltower at NC State.  Finish the 4 miles in over 1 hour: DQ (Disqualified)!  Fail to eat the 12 donuts: DQ!!  Fail to keep all 12 donuts down: DQ!!!! (and loss of dignity).

In general I feel bad for water station volunteers when I snare a cup of water out of their hands and accidentally douse them with the contents of the cup.  I can't imagine what the K2C volunteers have to put up with.  My effort to thank all the volunteers during the event will be heightened this weekend.

While I plan to attempt some level  of competitiveness (at least for the first 1/3 of the event.  The 2nd third will require channeling my inner-Kobyashi), I will be live tweeting the event. All you need to do is follow me on twitter (@ScottyTris) and check back later this week.  The race starts Saturday Morning, February 5 at 8:30am Eastern but the festivities will start much earlier than that and continue well afterwords.  If I can, I'll even post some video mid-event.

Even though I doubt I'll need it, I'm wondering what the post-race food might be.

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