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Hundreds of athletes race for donuts in support of Indy teachers

Hundreds race for donuts in support of Indy teachers

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – It was the sweetest race in town!

The Circle City Donut Dash kicked off Saturday morning with more than 800 participants all running to support Teacher’s Treasures. An organization helping Marion County schools get the school supplies students need.

This year marks the first year the Donut Dash sold out before the event, which is now in it’s 5th year.

Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Aleesia Johnson served as the honorary race starter while WISH-TV’s Randy Ollis joined in on all the donut fun.

During the race, 300 athletes could also participate in the Donut Challenge.

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Participants run the first half of the 5K and then stop to down a dozen Jack’s donut holes before running the second half to the finish line.

Jack’s Donuts Downtown provided all 3,600 donut holes for the challenge as well as whole donuts for all athletes to enjoy after the race.

Carmel-based teacher Katie Quaranta says while some people think of teachers and apples, a lot of teachers love donuts too.

“Donuts are sweet and they make you feel good,” Quaranta said.

This is Quaranta ‘s first year running the Donut Dash, but she says she knows teachers who benefit from Teacher’s Treasures.

“I knew I wanted a job that would make me feel like I was making a difference and teaching does that for me, so this race means a whole lot to us all,” she added.

For more information on the Donut Dash, head here.