The Annual Matt Gfeller Memorial Doughnut Run is a lighthearted 5K run or walk for the entire community. Join us to help 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 an 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 of 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 Matthew Gfeller Foundation to support brain trauma research at the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the Matthew Gfeller Sports Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.
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: 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 both Dough and No Dough Runners.
The 2014 Annual Matt Gfeller Memorial Doughnut Run raised over $40,000 for traumatic brain injury research. All proceeds were 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 over 900 participants.
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