Runner Dies of Heart Attack at Krispy Kreme Challenge Race
And the surprising part? He hadn’t eaten any donuts.
Yes, we realize you’re probably reading this story because you were hoping to feel a little smug and superior that some donut-pounding lardo got a dose of glazed karma, but that’s not what happened, and any news source you find that leads you to believe otherwise is a waste of your data plan.
The Krispy Kreme Challenge involves running 2.5 kilometers, eating a dozen donuts, and then running another 2.5 back. In only a few years, it has raised nearly $1 million in charity for a children’s hospital. Deaths in normal, non-pastry races aren’t exactly rare, to such an extent that it’s becoming a topic of discussion for the running community.
Furthermore, eating donuts in the middle of a race, even twelve of them, isn’t going to affect a normal, healthy person. Calories are calories, and some ultramarathoners even eat whole pizzas to eat while they’re running their races.
The 58 year old man who suffered a heart attack, died 1.5 k into the race; before he even reached the donut station.