Man dies while taking part in doughnut-eating race

A man dies taking a challenge which involves eating 12 doughnuts while running an 8 km race.
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A man dies taking a challenge which involves eating 12 doughnuts while running an 8 km race.

A man has died of a heart attack while taking part in an annual race which requirea entrants to eat 12 doughnuts. 

The 58-year-old American began suffering chest pains shortly after the start of the Krispy Kreme Challenge, an eight-kilometre race and "doughnut feast". 

Jeff Woods complained of chest pains during the first mile of the race, described by the Washington Post as a test of "physical fitness and gastrointestinal fortitude". 

Woods never made it to Krispy Kreme.  

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He left the track and was taken to the hospital where he died.

"Unfortunately we have some sad news to share," the American global doughnut company and coffeehouse chain, based in North Carolina, said in a statement.

"We regretfully confirm that a participant of today's Krispy Kreme Challenge had died."

This race in Raleigh has been a North Carolina State University tradition. It is defined on the website as "2400 calories, 12 doughnuts, 5 miles, 1 hour".

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The race helps raise money for the University of North Carolina Children's Hospital. It begins at the State Bell Tower and ends at Krispy Kreme where runners eat a dozen doughnuts before heading back.

The university says since the tradition began 12 years ago, and has raised nearly US$1 million for the hospital.

Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
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Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Krispy Kreme doughnuts at a Walmart to Go convenience store in Arkansas.
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Krispy Kreme doughnuts at a Walmart to Go convenience store in Arkansas.

 - MCT

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