Enjoy sweet treats during Carmel’s Donut 5K Holiday Run/Walk

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Participants line up to compete in the 2015 Donut Run. The 2016 event was canceled because of ice. (Submitted photo)

Most 5K runs only feature water stops along the course, but at the 11th annual Donut 5K Holiday Run/Walk, participants can also enjoy donuts along the route. The race is 9 a.m. Dec. 23 at the Carmel Racquet Club, 225 E. Carmel Drive.

“Donuts have become really popular again,” Todd Oliver of the Carmel Road Racing Group said. “There is a fun novelty of having donuts on the course. It’s been really well received. You can eat them before. We offer them at the water stops and we have them afterwards in the post-race area.”

The family and pet-friendly event has drawn participants from more than 18 states and grows each year.

“There are a lot of families out and about during that time of year,” Oliver said. “People are in town to see family for the holiday, and they come out and participate together.”

Funds raised benefit the local animal rescue organization Indy Great Pyrenees Rescue and Tails and Trails.

“The majority of running events do not allow dogs to participate, but because our race benefits animal rescues, we do allow dogs,” Oliver said. “People have started dressing their dogs in costumes. We will have awards for the first dog to cross the finish line and for the best dog costume.”

Runners of all skill level can compete. Awards are given to the top three male and female finishers along with age group awards.

“We have this fun side to it with offering donuts, but at the same time we will have some of the top elite runners in the state of Indiana participate,” Oliver said.

Participants can warm up at the post-race party with beer, mimosas and a silent auction. Registration is $35 for ages 13 and older and $20 for age 6 to 12 through Dec. 21. Kids 5 and younger are free. To register, visit donut5krun.com.

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