It’s the baker’s dozen year for what is deemed the sweetest 5K in the state.
The 13th annual Donut 5K will kick off at 9 a.m. Dec. 21, offering runners more than 8,000 donut holes along the race route. Originally held in downtown Indianapolis at the NCAA Hall of Champions, the race eventually moved to the Monon Community Center and utilized the city’s park trails. Quickly outgrowing that area, the race was moved to the Carmel Raquet Club, 225 E. Carmel Dr., where post-race activities will be held.
The race is the third-largest in Carmel and the fourth-largest in Hamilton County. Capped at 2,500 participants, race director Todd Oliver said he expects it to sell out.
“We decided on implementing a capacity limit after experiencing a 22 percent growth in 2018,” Oliver said. “We want all participants to have a great, safe experience, and limiting the size will provide that. Currently, we have participants from 20 states, so we know the race has developed a following.”
All participants race participants receive a “Donut Me” winter stocking hat, T-shirt and a doughnut-themed finisher medal. Jack’s Donut’s of Carmel will provide the doughnut holes.
“All runners are encouraged to stick around for the indoor post-race party at the Carmel Racquet Club, where we will have music, a silent auction and a beer garden for runners 21 and over,” Oliver said. “One of the most exciting things about this year’s race is that professional elite runner Noah Droddy is joining the field in the run and also serving as the celebrity awards presenter. Noah grew up in Indianapolis and has become one of the top U.S. male distance runners. He finished 17th in this year’s Chicago Marathon and was the eighth American finisher in a time of 2:11:42, making him the second-fastest marathoner in Indiana history.
“He is currently ranked 11th in the U.S. in the marathon distance and will compete for a spot on the Olympic team at the 2020 Marathon Olympic Trials in Atlanta in February.”
Participants are encouraged to dress up for the race in ugly sweaters, Santa suits and similar outfits.
“It is so much fun to see the attire that our runners show up in,” Oliver said. “Since this is a race that celebrates animal rescue organizations, our costume contest is pet-related, and we hand out awards to the best-dressed dogs of the day.”
Proceeds from the race will benefit Waldo’s Muttley Crew and the Indy Great Pyrenees Rescue. A silent auction also will be held to support the charities.
Race registration is $45 for ages 13 and older, $30 for kids age 6 to 12 and free for kids 5 and younger. For more or to register, visit donut5krun.com.