CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The UNC men's golf team participated in the 9th annual Krispy Kreme Challenge on the campus of NC State last Saturday, Feb. 9. The Challenge is a race from the Memorial Bell Tower to the Krispy Kreme store on Person Street and back. It is a 5-mile run that includes eating a dozen doughnuts at the halfway point - you run 2.5 miles, eat a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts and run 2.5 mile back in under an hour. The race had 8000 participants and the proceeds from the race go to the North Carolina Children's Hospital. In case you're wondering, one dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts has 2400 calories.
"As we were finishing our off season fitness program heading into our season, I had a challenge for the guys to run the Krispy Kreme Challenge," says Tar Heel head coach Andrew Sapp. "Andy Knox had run in it before and the guys all agreed to do it with both excitement and apprehension. For a bunch of golfers, it was more of a bonding experience than it was a competitive race. We were all dressed up in our Tar Heel workout gear which got many jeers being on State's campus, but that was part of the fun."
Six Tar Heels completed the 5-mile race, along with downing the dozen doughnuts, in less than an hour.
Fifth-year senior Patrick Barrett led the charge for the Tar Heels as he finished the Challenge in 44:42 finishing 217th overall. Head Coach Sapp was second with a time of 45:42. They were followed by freshman Keagan Cummings (51:56), junior Andy Knox (56:12), senior Michael McGowan (58:07), and Assistant Coach Andrew DiBitetto (59:22).
Juniors James Ellis and Andy Sajevic and sophomores Bailey Patrick and Brandon Dalinka all completed the race in under an hour, but did not indulge in the dozen doughnuts. Instead, they offered encouragement as their teammates were trying to finish off their doughnuts.
"I had a blast running the race with the team," said Barrett. "We have been working hard to get in shape this offseason and I think everyone was proud of how they finished. Eating the dozen wasn't hard until I started running. That last half mile was really tough to keep up my pace while keeping the doughnuts down."
The men's golf team hits the links for the first time this spring this weekend, Feb. 17-19, at the Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.