Donut Dash 2014

Event Date

Sun, Oct 5, 2014


Pittsburgh, PA

About This Activity

About Donut Dash

Donut Dash 2014 is the primal test of one’s ability to eat, run, and do-good. A fun-run lefted near Carnegie Mellon University, Donut Dash 2014 involves participants running a mile, gorging on a dozen donuts, and running another carb-infused mile.

Over the past four years Donut Dash has raised more than $60,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh- a world-class hospital for children and teens serving the Greater Pittsburgh Area. We’ve seen incredible success with over 1000 runners from those who run four-minute miles to those who travel in style and bring a full dining room set along for the run. This year we are planning an incredible expansion of the event.

While our success thus far is a strong motivating factor for the Brothers of SAE to make this years Donut Dash the best yet, we are driven by an even stronger force: an immeasurable gratitude to our chapter’s Alumni Advisor, Bob Dax.

Bob, a 1972 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, winner of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s Order of Minerva Award for his many years of service to our chapter and our exemplar of a True Gentleman, has been diagnosed with the debilitating neurodegenerative disease ALS (commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

The brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon want to express their immense gratitude for the wisdom and guidance Bob has shared with our chapter over the years. As such, Donut Dash 2014 will be proudly benefiting LiveLikeLou.Org


About LiveLikeLou.Org

Neil and Suzanne Alexander established in 2011 when Neil was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), the devastating condition known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Through this fund they are raising awareness of ALS, provide care and comfort to ALS families in Western Pennsylvania, and support scientific research targeted at finding a cure.  The fund is named for baseball legend Lou Gehrig to honor the example that he set for all people living with ALS. 


Race Types
We offer a variety of race types so everyone can be involved. Different types are outlined as follows:
  • Individual (Competitive)
    • This division is for the true strong-stomached of us. With professional timing equipment we guarantee you receive your results in a timely (<-heh, had to do it) manner! As we know eating a dozen donuts by oneself is a daunting task, we have reduced the number of donuts you must eat to 6 donuts.

  • Individual (Casual)
    • For those of us who want to take a more leisurely run through the Oakland area we offer a casual division. In this division you will still receive your time results but there will be no pressure from other runners to maintain a fast pace. In this division you are not required to finish 6 donuts, though we do think it makes for a fun experience.

  • Team Registration (Competitive)
    • This division is very similar to the individual although you are doing the race with 3-5 friends. Your race time is based on the last person on your team to finish so its a race of teamwork and stamina.

  • Family Registration
    • A new division to Donut Dash! Is there even a better way to spend a Sunday with your family than sharing a dozen donuts and running two miles? We don't think so. Come out with your kids and we guarantee they will have a blast. This division is not competitive so walking, strolling (that's the verb for walking strollers, right?), or just a slow job are all acceptable.

Event details and schedule


Please be aware these times are subject to a bit of change as race registrations will determine how many heats are required for each category.

11:00 AM - Event Start

11:15 AM - Welcome Ceremony

11:30 AM - Individual/Competitive Race Start

12:15 PM - Team/Competitive Race Start

1:00 PM - Individual/Casual Race Start

2:00 PM - Family Race Start

3:00 PM - Speeches

3:30 PM - Awards Ceremony & Thank You

4:00 PM - Event Ends


When You Arrive

We will have plenty of signs and volunteers to direct you to where you need to be. Just keep your eyes out for the "Race Bib" station to make sure you sign in before your race heat. Once you recieve your bib, just hang out and partake in the festivities.


While donuts are delcious, we do realize they do not provide the best nutrition. Thus, we will have food trucks and booths setup around the event to make sure you have energy for the race. Water will be provided free of charge and other drinks will be available for purchase. No alcohol will be served.



We do not yet know what our exact prizes will be but we promise they will be good. They will be offered for the following categories:

  • 1st Place - Individual
  • 1st Place - Team
  • Best Costume
  • Most Fundraised - Individual
  • Most Fundraised - Team
  • Honorary Donuts - Family


Parking Info

Parking space is provided free of charge in Carnegie Mellon's east campus garage. Directions to the parking structure can be found HERE. Please be aware that if you plan to drive, you must arrive prior to 11AM as roads will be closed after that.  

What to Wear

  • Anything! We welcome costumes and any sort of rediculous outfit as long as it is family appropriate.


What To Bring

  • A valid form of identification (School ID, Drivers License etc)
  • An empty stomach

We look forward to seeing you there!

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