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Popular Holiday Event Features 8,000 Donut Holes and Supports Local Animal Rescues


CARMEL, Ind. (Dec. 14, 2021) – The Donut 5K, one of the area’s largest December holiday run/walk events, returns to Carmel’s streets on Saturday, Dec. 18. The event has become a favorite holiday tradition for fun runners, competitive runners, animal lovers, families and walkers alike. The 5K starts and finishes at the Carmel Racquet Club and is one of the few events in the area that not only allows dogs to run, but encourages pets to join in the fun. The competitive side of the race has once again been earned the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) State Championship designation for the 5K distance.


Featured in the men’s race will be British Olympian Rob Mullett. Mullett, who attended college at Butler University, ran the Steeplechase in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  He is a former champion and current event record holder of the Donut 5K, having won the event in 2014 in a time of 14:35.


The Donut 5K is sponsored by Jack’s Donuts of Carmel, which provides more than 8,000 donut holes to runners on race day. The event once again benefits animal-related charities and this year’s featured organizations are Sketchy Mutts & Underdogs, Pet Friendly Services of Indiana, and The Humane Society of Boone County. Participants are encouraged to bring a donation such as pet food, blankets or pet toys. To further support the charities, race organizers are holding a silent auction before and after the race with all proceeds donated back to the three organizations.


The race starts at 9 a.m. outside the Carmel Racquet Club, 225 East Carmel Drive. The post-race party and awards ceremony will be held indoors, with festivities taking place on the club’s courts. In addition to the RRCA awards, the Donut 5K offers a cash purse to the top three male and female finishers, as well as age groups awards. The Donut 5K is owned and operated by Carmel-based CRRG Events, producers of the Carmel Marathon Weekend. For more information visit