Unique Races

There are a ton of people out there who participate in various runs for sport. 5k, 10k, half-marathon, marathon, etc. And to those people, I have a lot of respect because personally, I’d rather sit on my couch and eat donuts.

I did participate in a 5k about a decade ago. It was one of those runs where it was just silly fun and every so often you got blasted with colored powder and then there was a dance party at the end. I’m certain I walked for at least ⅔ of it and drank with my friends in a hotel room the night before. That’s the kind of race for me.


Now there’s a race where I can combine my two passions; eating donuts, and being silly.

Donut Dash

Introducing The Donut Dash. This race is being put on by the University of Southern Maine’s Sport Management program and its students. All the money raised goes back into the program.

The race will take place at the Cherry Hills Trail in Gorham, Maine. According to AllTrails, it’s a 3-mile loop, well taken care of, and appropriate for any skill level.

The Donut Dash is 5-miles in length in total.

So, where do the donuts come in?

Well, that would be halfway through.

After two and a half miles participants will stop and eat 15 mini-donuts from the delicious Eighty8’s Donut Cafe. Eighty8’s is a beloved food truck out of Portland and also has a storefront. They sell a variety of tasty donuts such as cinnamon sugar, Maine maple, the Fruity Pebble topped Bamm Bamm, and more.

Facebook via Eighty 8 Donuts
Facebook via Eighty 8 Donuts

And yes, after eating those 15 mini-donuts (as an individual runner or to share as a team) you still have two and a half miles to run, walk, or waddle.

Kids Too

They didn’t forget the kiddos for this one. They also offer The Mini Monster Dash that’s 1.5 miles total and they get 6 mini-donuts along the way.

Get Involved

This run is a no-pressure run of fun and sweetness! Run solo or as a team. Their mission, “To bring people together through a unique, fun, and community-oriented run fueled by donuts.”

The event is scheduled for Sunday, April 24th. Get all the details and register now on The Donut Dash website here.

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