Runner Dies of Heart Attack at Krispy Kreme Challenge Race

by Phrost | February 8, 2016 03:25

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[1] 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 [2]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.

Endnotes:
  1. a topic of discussion: http://www.runnersworld.com/ask-the-sports-doc/sudden-deaths-in-races
  2. even eat whole pizzas : http://runeatrepeat.com/2013/11/19/eating-pizza-while-runninginterview-with-dean-karnazes/

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