Krumpe's Do-Nut Alley Rally to raise funds for Wounded Warriors

August 06, 2012|By MEG TULLY | Special to The Herald-Mail
  • Runners take off last year during the first Krumpe's Do-Nut Alley Rally. This year, the run/walk begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10.
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After completing two tours of duty in Afghanistan, Cpl. Kevin Ecke has watched eight of his friends return home wounded.

It is for them that the Marine will run Friday, Aug. 10, in a Hagerstown charity race, Krumpe's Do-Nuts Alley Rally. The 5K run will benefit Wounded Warriors, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping wounded veterans, especially those who are severely injured.

Ecke, a 20-year-old North Hagerstown High School graduate, returned in June from his last Afghanistan deployment. He is stationed in North Carolina now, but his battalion has issued him a special-liberty leave to attend the charity run.

He will be joined by two fellow Marines in his battalion, Cpl. Patrick Thoele of Ohio, Lance Cpl. Jared Chambers of Tennessee. All three will be racing in their full "boots and utes" gear  — desert pants, combat boots and vests. Ecke's fiance also plans to participate in the run.

During his first deployment on Jan. 21, 2011, Ecke's section team was entering a compound to do early reconnaissance and precision sniper firing —  scout and snipe. Two men were walking in front of Ecke when they tripped an explosive in the main doorway.

The first man ended up losing a leg, the second man was hit with a blast to the face, and Ecke was blown back, suffering only a concussion.

The other two men went back to the U.S. and were helped through recovery by the Wounded Warriors Project. They told him the project was key during rehabilitation, and making sure the Marines were able to move toward having a normal life, he said.

"When they went through, they said the Wounded Warrior project was very important and helped them out to rebuild," Ecke said.

Those two men are now in college, but Ecke said it hasn't been an easy journey for them.

Ecke also has another tie to the run — he worked at Krumpe's Do-Nuts in high school. He did everything from dishes to filling doughnuts to manning the front counter.

This is the second year the run is being held. Max Krumpe, one of the owners of the doughnut shop, said they are hoping 500 people attend this year. Last year, 343 participated and raised about $5,000, he said.

"We wanted to do something a little different from what everybody else does," Krumpe said. "The Wounded Warriors, it's a great cause. A lot of people from Hagerstown are soldiers and some of them are wounded warriors. It's a great cause to support our military, support our soldiers and it's something we wanted to do."

The run will begin at the intersection of First and Spruce streets, go down and through Rose Hill Cemetery, ending with free doughnuts in Donut Alley. The Tone Hounds will perform for runners and spectators.

Doughnut runs across the country have gotten attention for requiring participants to eat a certain number of doughnuts as they run, or have the number of doughnuts eaten subtract from their running times. Krumpe said they aren't requiring any doughnut eating as part of the race, but they will be offering them as a special treat for those who want to indulge.

Ecke plans to eat a couple of doughnuts at the end of the run but is glad there are no gimmicks in the race. For him, the run is all about the Wounded Warriors Project.

If it wasn't for the program, veterans would feel forgotten, he said.

"People don't pay as much attention to the wounded veterans," he said. "When he gets injured he goes home, and it's hard for him to go back to a normal mindset without that support, and that's what the Wounded Warriors are there for."

If you go  ...  

What: Second annual Krumpe's Do-Nut Alley Rally

When: Friday, Aug. 10. Open registration begins at 6 p.m.; the run/walk begins at 7:30 p.m.

Where: 912 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown. The race will begin at the intersection of First and Spruce streets

Cost: $25 to participate in the run. Cash prizes will be offered for men's and women's overall winners, based on meeting minimum attendance.

Contact: or 301-992-0388

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