The 4th Annual Matt Gfeller 5K Memorial Doughnut Run has raised over $30,000 for traumatic brain injury research. All proceeds will be evenly divided between the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (CIPT) and the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. The race had 800 participants.
The Matt Gfeller Doughnut Run is a lighthearted 5K run or walk for the entire community. Thank you for helping us reach three goals:
1. Remember Matt
Fifteen-year-old Matt was a competitive athlete, talented performer and connoisseur of tasty food. To honor Matt, his three best friends (John Lineberger, Camden Francis and Thomas Keshian) decided on this crazy event involving running, live music and Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Matt’s schools – Reynolds High, Summit School and Whitaker Elementary – each play a role. Matt had a big, fun personality and he would have loved all this!
2. Raise Money for Traumatic Brain Injury Research
Thanks to the generous corporate sponsors who pay the race costs, all entry fees will go to the Matt Gfeller Foundation and will benefit brain trauma research at Wake Forest Baptist Health, Forsyth Medical Center and the UNC Matthew Gfeller Sports Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center for the prevention, recognition and treatment of youth sports head injuries.
3. Bring our community together
This is a 5K for all ages and abilities – from competitive runners to neighborhood walkers. Reynolds students provide music along the beautiful course, and Summit students staff the half-way point (Whitaker Elementary School), where Krispy Kreme doughnuts and water are set up. There are two participant categories (*NEW FOR 2012*): Dough Runners must eat a half-dozen doughnuts at the half-way point; No Dough runners or walkers can eat less or none. It is lots of fun and there are refreshments at Reynolds after the race. Awards for Top 3 men and women by age group for No Dough runners and Top 3 Overall Men and Women for the Dough runners.
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