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Carly Swanson, NC State Student -1st place winner in the women's race in the 2012 Krispy Kreme Challenge

Carly Swanson, PRTM major at NC State is the 1st place winning woman in the 2012 Krispy Kreme Challenge

The Krispy Kreme Challenge was held February 4, 2012.  The KKC has been a tradition since 2004, in which race participants run from NC State University’s Bell Tower to the Krispy Kreme in downtown Raleigh, eat a dozen doughnuts, then run back to the bell tower in under an hour.  This year, the KKC racecourse was widened, and changed from 4 to 5 miles in order to accommodate the 7,700 runners.  The race proceeds benefited the NC Children’s Hospital, and over $122,000 was donated this year.

Carly Swanson, a senior majoring in Sport Management and minoring in Journalism, placed first for the women challengers.  She ran the 5 miles and ate all dozen doughnuts, with a time of 36:14.   Carly did not train for this race, and had not had a doughnut in about 3 years.

Even though she did not train for this particular race, she made a pact with her mom a year ago to run in a charity running race once a month.  With this pact, Carly runs and works out every day to stay motivated.

Health and wellness promotion is something Carly has been interested in since her freshman year.  She started off working as a Marketing Agent at NCSU’s University Recreation.  After her freshman year, she was promoted to Student Director of Marketing, which is a position she still holds her senior year.

Carly Swanson of Concord, NC gives the NC State Wolfpack handsignal

Not only has Carly been a fulltime student, but she has also worked in a few internships and other jobs as well.  She was a group fitness instructor at Carmichael Recreation Center, a Community Assistant at The College Inn Apartments, and worked in a marketing internship at Richard Childress Racing.  Even though she is busy with extra curricular activities, she takes her studies seriously, and is a Student Ambassador for The College of Natural Resources, as well as a member on the Dean’s List every semester.

In her last semester at NCSU, Carly is staying busy going to classes, working at University Recreation, and she has recently started a News/Sports Internship with News 14 Carolina.  She works at both the Raleigh and Charlotte newsrooms, because her family is from Concord, NC, which is twenty minutes away from the Charlotte station.  She likes to go home to Concord, so she can work part time at Ann Taylor at Concord Mills, and hang out with family and friends.

Upon graduation in May, Carly plans to build on her Sport Management and Journalism foundation.  She will pursue a Master’s in Communication Studies, with a focus in public relations and health promotions.  She would like to continue working with News 14 Carolina, and one day become a news, sports, or health reporter.

Congratulations, Carly!

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