Kyle Whitman smashed 12 Krispy Kreme doughnuts together in his hands, then swallowed them in sectioned gulps. After 15 grueling minutes and nothing but crumbs left in the box, he steadied himself and raced to the finish line, another mile away.
Whitman and other runners indulged themselves in the Krispy Kreme Challenge, hosted at High Point University by Kappa Delta sorority on Nov. 4. During the event, runners were challenged to race one mile, stop to eat a dozen doughnuts, and turn around to race one mile back to the finish, all in support of the Family Service of the Piedmont, Kappa Delta’s local philanthropy.
Whitman is a senior biology major and the vice president for Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He developed his donut-eating strategy before the race began, but never imagined eating a dozen doughnuts and running a mile would be so difficult.
While the runners may have consumed more calories than they burned, it was deemed worthy, for the kids. Family Services of the Piedmont aids children who have been abused or witnessed abuse and aims to stop child abuse.
“Although, the event was challenging and certainly made me feel uneasy, I do think I would do it again,” says Whitman. “At the end of the day, I was proud that I had helped a good cause. After all, kids who suffer from child abuse have much more to worry about than eating 12 doughnuts and going for a run. If I can help this cause with some stomach cramps and little suffering for one day, count me in.”
“We couldn’t be happier with how the event went on Sunday,” says Alyssa McFarland, Kappa Delta’s vice president of community relations. “We raised close to $3,000 and we still have donations coming in from supporters.”
Events like the Krispy Kreme Challenge help support the services FSP offers, according to the organization’s leaders.
“FSP is thrilled to partner with the sisters of High Point University’s Kappa Delta for the second Krispy Kreme Challenge,” says Stephanie Allred, marketing and development specialist for the FSP. “We are very appreciative to Kappa Delta and High Point University for hosting this exciting event for another year.”