RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Thousands of doughnut-loving runners hit the streets of downtown Raleigh Saturday morning for the 16th annual Krispy Kreme Challenge.

The Krispy Kreme challenge raises money for UNC Children’s Hospital.

The race began at the NC State Bell Tower at 8 a.m. Runners went 2.5 miles through downtown Raleigh to the Krispy Kreme located on Peace Street, where they can attempt to eat a dozen doughnuts, then run back to the Bell Tower. Some people walk the 5-mile course.

Last year, the Krispy Kreme Challenge hosted more than 5,000 runners and donated $190,000 to the UNC Children’s Hospital.