Runners have sweet motivation to race to the finish line at 2nd annual Donut 5K

This year the Loras Triathlon Club, DuTri, hosted its second annual Donut 5K. On Saturday, April 30, at 2 p.m. at Heritage Trail in Dubuque, participants had the opportunity to eat their way to the finish line if they so chose. This year there were upwards of 30 participants racing. Over 200 donuts were provided by Donut Boy in Dubuque, and HyVee donated water for racers. DuHealth Club provided volunteers for the DuTri event.

Participants varied widely in age, ranging from 14 years old to 70. The Top Overall Male was Logan Bahl (Loras College ’16), and the Top Overall Female was junior Greta Becker. The prize for the most donuts consumed went to senior Christopher Grow. He managed to eat 12 donuts before reaching the finish line. For each donut fully eaten and kept down by the participant, time was taken off of the overall finishing time. Some participants learned their lesson from their race experience last year, changing their strategy in balancing their donut consumption with running.

“Overall I took the race easier this year to eat more donuts, much more enjoyable that way!” said junior Michael Thomsen.

However, no provisions were wasted as leftover donuts and waters went to the Loras and Dubuque participants of the race, and additional donations were made to the Catholic Hope House in Dubuque.

DuTri offers students the opportunity to work out with fellow Duhawks by offering running and swimming workouts throughout the week. The club is currently led by senior Paul Conway.

“This race has always been lots of fun to have our club host every year. It mixes it up from traditional 5k and the donuts taste amazing too,” Conway said.

The Triathlon Club can boast many other accomplishments from this year. First, three Duhawks competed at Collegiate Club Nationals, three competed at Indoor Iowa State and six athletes competed at Wartburg College. At Wartburg DuTri had a third place overall finish. Also, two members finished their first triathlon with two first place age group finishes and one third place age group finish.

The club hopes to continue to grow in size and accomplishment in future years, continuing to hold events that are open to the entire Loras community such as the Donut 5k.

“We put it on as a fundraiser but love seeing a different kind of race for people to enjoy from the traditional 5k run.  Weather kept more people from coming out but we might launch it in the fall next year to gather more runners,” Conway concluded.

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