- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2016

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Another Krispy Kreme Challenge is in the books for Tuscaloosa, as the 5k run benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama drew hundreds of competitive runners and eaters on a recent beautiful morning.

Andrew Wrist and Jenn Chapman on Feb. 27 each defended their individual titles, each winning their respective divisions once again and earning $400 prizes.

“It feels good,” Wrist said shortly after collecting his prize. “After the doughnuts settle, it’ll feel a little bit better probably, but it feels good.”

Chapman said she finished four minutes faster than her previous time but might have paid for it immediately after.

“I feel kind of sick this time,” she joked. “I was four minutes faster this year, but this is really hard!”

The race started on 6th Street at the Government Plaza, as participants ran or walked a one-mile loop around downtown, ate a dozen doughnuts and then went for another one-mile loop.

Runners did not have to attempt to eat the doughnuts to participate. But if they wanted to compete for prizes, they had to eat and finish one dozen doughnuts any way they could. If they only wanted to participate for the experience, they could eat one doughnut or zero doughnuts. Participating children ate 12 doughnut holes instead of whole doughnuts. Group teams, no matter how many members, had to eat just 24 total doughnuts.

The Human Donipedes - a team dressed as superheroes like Captain America, Batman, Incredible Hulk, Iron Man and Superman - won the group division.

All ages were welcome to attend and run/walk.

For those planning to participate next year and challenge Wrist for his title, he shared his very simple secret for prepping for the challenge.

“Run a lot, and get used to eating a lot,” he said. “I just practice eating a lot. I eat a lot of food.”

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