343 make a Krumpe's Donut run

Entrants sprinted, loped, jogged and strolled briskly at Friday's Donut Alley Rally

August 12, 2011|By DON AINES |
  • Chelsea Brewer, left, grabs a doughnut from Krumpes Do-Nuts employee April Maloff Friday night after the Alley Rally 5K in Hagerstown. At rear are Chelseas friends Danielle Langley and Katrice Dickson.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

There would seem to be some irony in a 5-kilometer race sponsored by a local doughnut shop, but distance runners often load up on carbohydrates before a race and the math indicates that participants in Friday's Donut Alley Rally would still come out ahead in the calorie count.

The 343 entrants sprinted, loped, jogged and strolled briskly at the inaugural run, sponsored by Krumpe's Do-Nuts, that kicked off at 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of First and Spruce streets. The course took them down city streets and through Rose Hill Cemetery before finishing near the starting point at Donut Alley, the home of Krumpe's Do-Nuts for more than six decades.

Co-owner Fred Krumpe said about 200 people paid the $20 fee to register prior to race day, with the balance paying $25 to register right before the race. The money raised benefits the Wounded Warrior Project he said.

Krumpe said his brother-in-law came up with the idea of a night run awhile back, but due to safety concerns, that evolved into Friday's evening event.

"The city, getting the permits, the city police — everyone has been great" in helping to organize and run the event, Krumpe said before meeting with volunteers prior to the start.

"Krumpe's doughnuts are awesome and the Wounded Warriors Project is a great cause. What could be better?" said Gwen Ross.

She said another reason she signed up is because it was an evening run, a cooler time of day in the middle of August.

"I came more to watch and support a local business and a good cause," said Washington County Commissioner Jeff Cline. "The Wounded Warriors Project is close to my heart," he said, because his brother-in-law Christopher Coffland was killed in Afghanistan two years ago.

The 5K race drew a fair number of competitive runners from the scholastic and adult ranks.

Suzanne Reed ran cross country for Smithsburg High School and now runs for Rochester Technical Institute in New York. She made it a family affair with parents Eric and Dawn and brother Alan joining in.

Allie Hott will be a sophomore at Williamsport High School this fall. Having run track as a freshman, she's been running daily in preparation for joining the cross country team. Classmate Hannah Hamsher said she was along for the run "to get in shape for soccer."

For those who decided to start or finish the race with one of Krumpe's treats, a 4 1/4-inch diameter, 75-gram glazed donut contains about 300 calories, according to The Calorie Counter website,

The good news is that a 180-pound man running at 5 mph for the approximately 37 minutes it would take to cover the course would burn slightly more than 400 calories, according to the activity calculator on the Meritus Health website,

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