CMU Donut Dash

Join us on October 13th, 2012 @ 10am!

  Goal: $10,000

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Total: $15,000
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Frequently Asked Questions

The biggest concern or question we get is, "Do you really have to eat all 12? That is the most disgusting thing I've heard." Firstly, that's not true: we are not forcing anyone to eat all 12. Although we have a competitive division where 12 donuts must be consumed to win prizes, there are alternate divisions for more casual and digestible participation. The Donut Dash is - at its heart - a philanthropic event to support the Childrens' Hospital of Pittsburgh, and to that end, we have provided many ways for everybody to get involved, even if you're not running or eating donuts. The Childrens' Miracle Network (of which CHP is a member) is an organization we deeply respect, and we want to make the greatest contribution we can - and this means we need your help. So please read through the FAQ below. Hopefully it will dispel some of your concerns. Thank you!

Do I have to be a CMU student?

Not at all! The CMU Donut Dash, although it is held on the Carnegie Mellon campus, is open to anybody and everybody. We want as many people as possible to experience the Donut Dash, and become aware of the great work at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Do I have to eat all 12 donuts?

No, don't let this discourage you from participating! Finishing all 12 donuts is only for individual competitors that are competing seriously. Casual participants may eat as many or as few donuts before heading to the finish line. Teams will split a box of 12 donuts in whatever way they choose, as long as each teammate eats at least two. However, only individual and team competitors will be given free raffle tickets - casual participants will have to make a donation (can be as small as 1 cent or as big as $20) in order to get a raffle ticket. Spa gift certificates, restaurant gift certificates, among other things are included in the raffle.

What if I don't want to run? / What if I don't want to eat?

In either case, feel free to participate in the casual division, where your $15 entry fee gives you a completely non-committal and non-competitive environment to experience the Donut Dash. You can eat as many or as little donuts as you want, you can run if you'd like to, or not, and you still get a shirt with your entry fee (which goes straight to charity)! Another alternative is to volunteer for the Donut Dash - we're always looking for more help, and this could be a great way for you to stay involved while enjoying the event!

Will I be disqualified if I throw up?

No. We can't technically stop you from throwing up, but please don't make yourself throw up. If you are worried, try the team or casual competition.

Can I register on race day?

You can register on race day, but we cannot guarantee that there will be enough donuts, nor that we will have any shirts available.

Where does all the collected money go?

All proceeds, after event costs, will go to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, which is a member of the Childrens' Miracle Network. The network is a charity that raises funds for more than 170 childrens' hospitals, providing charitable care, life-saving equipment, and funding for research and education programs that save and improve the lives of over 17 million children a year. Our goal for 2010 is to contribute $7,500.

What is there to do after the race?

Throughout the entire event, we will be providing music and refreshments at the finish line. All competitive participants will be included in several raffles after the race has ended. Casual participants and spectators may exchange a raffle ticket for a donation of any size.

What kind of donuts will we be eating?

We are pleased to announce that Krispy Kreme will be providing the donuts for the event! As Donut Dash enthusiasts know, their light, airy composition makes for excellent competition-level consumption. There is strategy, I kid you not.

Where did you get this crazy idea for a race?

We read about a very successful event called the Krispy Kreme Challenge. For 2009, they had over 5,000 participants! Last year they raised $10,000 for the North Carolina Children's Hospital.