Running to exercise? Quite the contrary
Gluttony will collide with athleticism this weekend at Carnegie Mellon’s most ironic sporting event. The CMU Donut Dash, a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, is a combination competitive eating contest and two-mile run that will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday behind Hunt Library. The brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the organizers of Donut Dash, are hopeful that this strange hybrid of endurance and appetite will help them raise their goal of $5000.
The rules of the race are simple to understand but potentially nauseating. Competitors will be asked to run a mile from the library around campus to the UC turnaround. Krispy Kreme donuts will be distributed at the turnaround for participants to quickly eat before finishing a grueling second mile down to Schenley Drive and back up Frew Street to the finish.
The event’s website specifically addresses what many may consider the inevitable: “We can’t technically stop you from throwing up, but please don’t make yourself throw up.”
There are three ways for potential athletes to participate in the CMU Donut Dash: a competitor can either run in the Individual Challenge, in the Team Challenge as a group of three, or in the Casual Division. As an individual challenger, each person must eat a full dozen donuts, while in the team competition the 12 are spread out among the three competitors. Casual runners are welcome to eat as much or as little as they’d like, but they are not eligible to win. Each participant will receive a free T-shirt to commemorate the event.
As of writing this article, there are already about 70 participants stretching their quads and readying their elastic waistbands in anticipation of Saturday morning. Holly Hippensteel, Carnegie Mellon’s director of student life, will be on hand to eat the “opening donut.” After the races conclude, the brothers of SAE will have music, awards, and festivities for all participants.
The Greek community is expected to have a strong showing. “I’m not going to ask someone to do something I wouldn’t do myself,” said Paul Jasinto, assistant philanthropy chairman for Sigma Alpha Epsilon. “I’m going to run with them, eat with them, and take that last miserable mile to the finish line.”
In preparation for the Donut Dash, there will be a training session Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. outside of Doherty Hall. Donuts will be given in return for donations and brave students can try their hand at quickly eating a donut and completing a short sprint.
To sign up to run or help out for this event, students can visit the CMU Donut Dash website, cmudonutdash.com.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon has already raised over $3600 for the Children’s Hospital and will accept donations and registrations until the day of the event.