A man has died after starting a Raleigh race in which contestants are supposed to also eat a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts midway through the competition.
Organizers of the annual Krispy Kreme Challenge said in a news release that a 58-year-old man dropped out of the race during the first mile Saturday morning because of chest pains. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
The unidentified runner left the race before reaching the Krispy Kreme location at which some competitors eat a dozen doughnuts before completing the final 2½ miles of the 5-mile course.
The race is organized by students at North Carolina State University and benefits the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. It’s in its 12th year.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.