Runners Dash 2 miles, Scarf Doughnuts, Sprint Back

Edward Van Brunt of Raleigh, eats one of his 12 doughnuts during the Krispy Kreme Challenge on Saturday Feb. 5, 2011, at the Krispy Kreme on North Person St. in Raleigh, N.C. About 7,500 people were scheduled to take place in the annual run. The rules are simple and stomach-churning: run for two miles, eat a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts and then run back along the same two miles. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Ethan Hyman) MANDATORY CREDIT

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By Kelli Sutterman

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — On your marks, get set, stuff your face.

About 7,500 people are expected to take part in Saturday's annual Krispy Kreme Challenge in Raleigh. The rules are simple and stomach-churning: run for two miles, eat a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts and then run back along the same two miles.

That's four miles of running to burn off about 2,400 calories.

It's for a good cause, though. The race is operated by students at North Carolina State University, and it raises money for the North Carolina Children's Hospital. Last year, the event took in more than $55,000.

The race began in 2004 as a dare among friends. Only a handful of runners took part in the beginning, but it's grown steadily since then.

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