Mills’ Lab participates in the 12th annual Krispy Kreme Challenge

On Saturday February 6th the Mills’ Lab participated in the 12th annual Krispy Kreme Challenge, a charity running event that benefits the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. Participants in this event ran 2.5 miles from the North Carolina State University Memorial Belltower through historic downtown Raleigh to the Krispy Kreme, where competitive participants attempted to eat 12 original Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnuts while casual participants cheered them on before all the participants ran another 2.5 miles back to the NCSU Belltower. This year, our diverse 9-person team (Lagging Lagomorphs) included competitive and casual participants consisting of professors, post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students as well as family members associated with the Mills’ Lab. Our fearless leader Dr. Scott Mills and PhD student Alex Kumar demonstrated both excellent fitness and gastric fortitude by finishing the race with respectable run-times and consuming all 12 doughnuts (see Figure). We also were fortunate to have on our team Dr. Klaus Hackländer, Mills’ Lab collaborator and hare-enthusiast from the Department of Integrative Biology and Biodiversity Research, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria. We are also grateful to our families and friends that helped construct our costumes (i.e., bunny ears) and cheered for our team during this charity event. In addition, data from our Lagging Lagomorph Krispy Kreme Challenge race team demonstrated a significant correlation between participant run times and the number of doughnuts consumed (see Figure). However, as this was merely a preliminary study, we will collect several additional years of data before drawing any conclusions about the relationship between participant run times and the number of Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnuts consumed.

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Figure: Regression showing a significant correlation between participant run time (minutes) and the number of Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnuts consumed (n = 9).