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Sunday was a free Toledo Roadrunners race.  I tell ya, if you’re a runner in the Toledo area and you are not a member, you are missing out on quite a few free/cheap fun runs!  This one is the Donut Dash, which is a 4 mile prediction run (where you guess what your time is going to be and closest predictions win).  This year there was a twist – the Dirty Dozen Challenge!  Dozen stood for the 4 miles plus the 8 donuts you had to eat on the race.  2 donuts were eaten right away, and then 2 more donuts were eaten at each mile stop.  I had considered it, but was a bit scared to make a fool of myself by throwing up.  On Thursday night I heard that two of the other Glass City Marathon Ambassadors were doing the challenge, so I figured “why not?”.  I quickly emailed the race director and told him to make sure there were some donuts for me too.

I had to laugh <nervously> when my race instructions included this information:

Donuts will need to be consumed at each station before continuing to run or walk.  Should you have a reversal once you resume running there are no penalties for crossing the finish line minus consumed doughnuts. Should you have a reversal, please try to be considerate of the other runners and property we are using. The hope is to have trash can at each mile marker as well.

Well, OK then!  We woke up to terrible weather on Sunday morning.  Snowing (not bad) with winds of 20-25 mph (yikes!!!!).  Since I signed up, the weather was not going to stop me and my family.  I did tell the kids that they didn’t need to run, and they quickly agreed that they would just stay at the store and wait for us.  Good choice kids!  🙂  I did get to meet up with a group of women from our “She RUNS this town” group.  Fun group of ladies whom I hope to see more at runs and races.

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… and After.

I showed up at the race *starving*!  I could not wait to get to those donuts.

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We lined up for the race start and as soon as the gun went off, around 20 of us with bib numbers (those participating in the challenge) started chowing down on our donuts.  Oh man, the donuts were MUCH bigger than I expected.  The technique was to mush them down together to make a pancake.  That worked well, but no matter how much I ate, there was still a lot more left.  One guy ate one donut and said he was quitting already.  It took me a long time to get those first two donuts eaten.  Alan ran with me and we were the next to last people out of the first donut stop.

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The donuts are freaking HUGE!

The weather was quite challenging with the winds blowing so hard against our faces that we had to shield our eyes when we ran.  The temperature was right around 30 degrees, but felt like 15!  We made it to the first mile marker and joined a few of the donut eaters.  Once again, I was almost last getting out of that donut stop too.  Several people had already dropped out of the donut challenge by that point.  One lady ate one more donut and decided she didn’t even run any more due to the weather conditions.  My goal had been to eat at least 4 donuts, so after I ate my 4th, I was done.  It was taking way too long for me to eat those donuts and it was pretty darn cold out there.  We finished the 4 mile run with the rest of the runners.  I didn’t see any “reversals”, although I heard a few did happen.  One lady in our group made it through 7 donuts!!  Incredible.  One of the other women actually came within 10 seconds of her predicted time.  I never heard how many challenge runners actually ate all of the donuts, but I know some did.

Our predicted time of 44:00 was WAY off and we finished in 51:36.   Just imagine what our time would have been if I would have eaten 4 more donuts!!  At least we were still smiling at the end.  And look at the frosty eyebrows and lashes!  So glad to have Alan along with me for the silliness.  I think I convinced him to run it next year! 🙂

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Q:  Have you done any interesting races?

Q:  Have you ever done any eating challenges??

I can eat a lot of donuts, but certainly not fast I have discovered!

Q:  Did the winter storm hit your area too?

Woohoo, so excited the snow has arrived!!

13 thoughts on “The Dirty Dozen Challenge & Donut Dash”
  1. Those donuts were GIGANTIC!!!!!WOW!!!!! I think I would have quick after one like that one guy did!!!!!!
    Sadly, I haven’t ran any crazy races…… the beer run intrigues me… not that I want to run it, but it would be fun to watch!! LOL! 😀

    I am so jealous of you and others that have snow…. I would like to see snow again! not sure I would know how to run in it though!!!

    1. I did have to make a last minute decision to not wear my regular Newton shoes because they are very lightweight and have no traction in snow. I’m so glad I did or I would have had a heck of a time staying upright!!
      I hope next year they go with some grocery store variety glazed donuts and not the donut shop ones they had. They were crazy huge!!
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  2. Whoa those are huge doughnuts! It’s too bad the weather was so terrible for this event.

    Our local running store hosts a monthly Donut Dash, which is a 5k run followed by 5 doughnuts. I’ve only gone once but I only at two doughnuts. Someday I’ll complete the entire challenge.
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    1. What, eating donuts afterwards?? That’s just celebration! I do have to admit that I took home the very large chocolate frosted donut shown in my “after” picture. It looked so good I couldn’t resist!! We all shared it, so technically I ate about 4 1/2 donuts. haha!

  3. You guys are FUN! I have never done and eating challenge, but I LOVE donuts. I actually had a glazed one for dessert last night. 🙂

    Interesting races… I ran in an underwater marathon once as part of a relay team! It was on one of those underwater treadmills. They put huge tanks of water in the parking lot of Troegs Brewery in Hershey, PA. Some people ran the entire marathon, then there were relays, which I was part of. Everything benefited the Wounded Warrior Project!
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    1. I’m definitely not a competitive eater. I’d much rather enjoy the food than just chomp it up and swallow it!
      Underwater treadmills look very interesting. That’s really different! I have never seen one of those around here. Being at at a brewery, I hope you had beer at the end. Or maybe chocolate since it was in Hershey….
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      1. I do not like beer. I know, the horror! But many people imbibed. It is hard to remember what the underwater treadmill was like because I only did it twice- once to test it out and once during the race. It is weird because you can control the speed of the belt and then you also control the speed of the water that shoots at your chest which keeps you from running into the front of the treadmill, I guess!? It’s all supposed to be super easy on the knees, but definitely not as cool as running outside in the brisk cool breeze and NATURE! Also, I ran barefoot, which was weird.
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