Psenka collaborated with juniors Tricia Cleppe, Ty Fenton, Bobby Mook and Christian Bennett to create the annual event last year.
Psenka said they were inspired by the fact that two of the founders’ family members had successful remissions from cancer.
“We thought it would be really great to just give back to Lineberger, and start a race that would hopefully be sustainable and get a lot of community involvement with Franklin Street businesses,” she said.
Senior participant Kyle Swartz said he compares the race to taking an exam.
“This one has a lot less mental preparation but a lot more willpower,” Swartz said.
Cleppe said she was pleased with the outcome of the event.
“It’s always really great to help out and see something tangible and know that you’re helping out with something bigger than you,” Cleppe said.
Psenka said runners of all athletic backgrounds were encouraged to participate.
“The way that we’re trying to market it is that you can run it as a competitive run or a more fun run,” Psenka said.
Competitive runners were timed and required to finish the dozen doughnuts. The winner, sophomore Connor Belson, received the first place prize—Nike running gear.
However, throwing up resulted in disqualification.
Psenka said that only about five of the 150 participants this year vomited.
Psenka and Cleppe said they hope that the tradition will continue even after they graduate.
“The ultimate goal is to raise a lot of money for cancer research and to come back in 15 years and run this race with our kids,” she said.
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