Race of the Month: Donut Dash No. 5

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Yes, you read that title correctly. Donut. Dash. And if you’re anything like us, we had  you at ‘donut.’ This four mile race held in Sacramento, California was inspired by the Krispy Kreme Challenge that started in 2004 on the North Carolina State University campus. The goal of that challenge? Run two miles, eat a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts, then run two miles back. All of the proceeds from this challenge were donated to a local children’s hospital.

When Zack Wandell, a longtime volunteer at the Child Life Program at Sutter’s Children’s Center, heard about this challenge he was inspired (how could you not be inspired by the combination of donuts and running?). The result of his inspiration was the Donut Dash. The proceeds from the Donut Dash will be donated to the Child Life Program. This program provides services to children and families who are experiencing illness and hospitalization.

The race begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, at Marie’s Donuts. The course travels four miles through William Land Park, and ends back at Marie’s Donuts where race participants each receive a bag with four fresh donuts or six tasty donut holes (the donut hole option is known as the “lite” division, for the more health conscious runners out there).

In its first year, the race had 25 runners who raised $1,500 for the program. The race has grown tremendously since its 2009 start, and last year had about 1,400 entrants who raised over $47,000. The race is celebrating its fifth year on Saturday, and will be a very family friendly race (strollers and dogs welcome!) If you’re going to be in the area, register now for some runnin’ and sweet treats.

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