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.
The Original Stache Dasher
Ah, the sweet month of November has come to a close, and mustaches abound. But what, you might ask, is responsible for this proliferation of fine mustachery? Movember
. The Movember movement began in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia with a handful of men and women who had a vision to raise awareness and funds for frequently ignored men’s health issues, like prostate and testicular cancer. Movember has grown into a global movement, with almost a million registrants raising over one hundred million dollars.
So how does it work? Participants register with Movember as a Mo Bro or Mo Sista and raise funds for Movember. If you’re a Mo Bro, then you kick off November with a nice, clean shave, and proceed to grow a mustache for the entire month of November. Men seek out sponsors who will support their ‘stache-growing endeavor in order to raise funds. While Mo Sistas do not sprout fuzzy upper lips, they support their Mo Bros and play a vital role in the raising of awareness and funds during the month of November.
The organization supports The Prostate Cancer Foundation, the LIVESTRONG Foundation and various campaigns to raise awareness of men’s health issues.
At the beginning of December, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas are encouraged to celebrate their glorious month of mustache growing and supporting with a party or event. One group of runners in NYC organized the Stache Dash NYC. The underground, philanthropic group holds “flash dashes” once a month. They are similar to flash mobs, but for runners.
The Stache Dash NYC is a 5k “fun run” that took place in the East Village on December first. Participants could sport their bitchin’ staches for the casual run, and then enjoy a beer with friends at the finish. The event raised hundreds of dollars for charity. We’d love to see more Stache Dashes across the country next year – now’s the perfect time to start planning one in your community. And remember, you only have 332 days until Movember will once again be upon us!