The Krispy Kreme Challenge announced today that a 58-year-old man participating in the event was rushed to hospital after experiencing chest pains within the first 1.5 kilometres of the race. He died shortly after arriving at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, N.C.

Participants begin the race at North Carolina State University and run 4 kilometres to a nearby Krispy Kreme donut shop, consume a dozen donuts, and make the return trip. The man was rushed to hospital before consuming any donuts associated with the race.

“On behalf of the entire N.C. State community, our deepest sympathies go out to the runner’s family members and loved ones,” Brad Bohlander, a spokesman for N.C. State, said in a statement.

The Krispy Kreme Challenge was held for the 12th year on Saturday afternoon in Raleigh.

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The race, which has attracted support nationwide, has raised $954,000 excluding proceeds from the 2016 edition of the event.

All proceeds from the race go to the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.



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