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Mark your calendars for the Sixth Annual Magnificent Mile Race on Sept. 18th at 2 p.m. on Hillsborough Street. This charitable race was inspired by three people, each of whom has a form of motor neuron disease. The Magnificent Mile aims to find a cure for motor neuron disease, one step at a time.

Sarah Witt was an avid runner until 2004, when she was diagnosed with Primary Lateral Sclerosis. Now, she is confined to a wheelchair, but her love of marathons lives on in the Magnificent Mile. Scott and Amy Corsmeier are siblings who have Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, a heredity motor neuron disease. This race is an inspiration of all of them and their stories.

The Magnificent Mile includes a men’s competitive mile, a women’s competitive mile, a recreational mile, and even kids races so your children can get involved in the cause too. Awards will be presented, but the real reward in this race is knowing you’ve helped raise awareness and donations for a great cause. Whether you’re a visitor in town for the day or a local, get active and get involved by registering for the Magnificent Mile today.

Calling all runners and walkers!  You won’t want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind chance to get involved in Raleigh’s National Hockey League All-Star 5K, presented by visitRaleigh and hosted by your very own Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL.

On Saturday, Jan. 29th, participants of all abilities are invited to loop around the RBC Center as part of the NHL’s 2011 All-Star Weekend. Whether you’re a runner or a walker, competitive or casual, a kid or an adult, this 5K is a great way to have a nice, healthy morning while benefiting the Carolina Hurricanes Kids N’ Community Foundation.

Sound like fun to you?  Then register for the NHL All-Star 5K, find your warmest running gear and head out to the RBC Center at 9 a.m. for a Saturday morning that will be just as fun as it will be refreshing.

Every year since 2004, it has happened.  Starting with a mere 12 participants and growing to an exponential 5,500 participants last year, the Krispy Kreme Challenge has quickly become one of Raleigh’s most talked about traditions.  If you’ve never heard of this quirky race, then you’re in for a real treat, literally. 

The challenge starts at the NC State University Belltower, where participants will gather and then run two miles to the Krispy Kreme store on Peace Street.  It is here that runners are treated to a full dozen doughnuts, which they must completely consume before running the two-mile trek back to the Belltower in order to finish the challenge.  This is not your average annual charity race.

The 2011 Krispy Kreme Challenge is on February 5th at 8:30 a.m.  The challenge is expected to draw 7,500 runners this year, from beginners who prefer to walk to serious competitors who train for the competition.  If you’ve never participated in this challenge and would like to be a contender, then you might want to get a little practice in now.

Not big on running?  Don’t think you can down a dozen doughnuts and keep them down?  No worries.  There are three ways to support the challenge’s charity, The NC Children’s Hospital.  Participants can register as a challenger, meaning they must eat all of the doughnuts and complete the race; a casual runner, meaning they can take their time and eat as many doughnuts as they like; or a supporter, meaning they do not run or get doughnuts but are there for support of those who do.

 This event is a great way to help out a charity, meet new people, get a little exercise and come home with some delicious doughnuts (whether they’re in your stomach or in the box).  Register today and experience one of Raleigh’s fastest-growing traditions.

There are several events out there that involve running, racing or walking for charity.  However, there are few as unique as Raleigh’s Krispy Kreme Challenge, where you’re expected to gorge yourself on 2,400 calories worth of Krispy Kreme doughnuts during the race!

That’s right, participants are supposed to eat a dozen glazed doughnuts right in the middle of a four-mile trek that runs from N.C. State’s campus to the Krispy Kreme store and back.  Proceeds from this Feb. 6th event go to the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

In order to successfully complete the race as a challenger participant, you must consume the entire dozen in under an hour.  The best part: you have to keep them all down!  For those who’d rather not attempt this highly caloric feat, you can register as a casual runner or a supporter.  Casual participants aren’t against the clock, and they can choose how many donuts to stuff their face with.  Supporters can contribute to the great cause just by cheering on those brave enough to face the glaze.

The Krispy Kreme Challenge is a fun and exciting way to contribute to a good cause and an excellent excuse to eat as many hot glazed doughnuts as you’d like!  You can register or donate today!

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