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Bike and donut race in Burlington

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

It's a race for bike riders with a huge appetite. Finally, the kind of race where eating too many donuts is not only okay, but all part of the strategy to win.

For each donut eaten, three minutes is shaved off of a rider's total time. There are 11 stops throughout Burlington. At each stop participants can eat up to three donuts.

Carrie Pratt, a racer, said, "We have our strategy, we hope it pays off but we're mostly just in it to get as many donuts as possible."

But not everyone had it all planned out. One rider said, "It's tough because it's a race between speed and gluttony. I think gluttony is winning."

"We have first, second, third fastest women, first, second, third men and we have the fastest fixed speed or single speed rider. Then next year if we have more kids, we'll figure it out." said Feliz Wai, co-owner of ArtsRiot and organizer of the race.

It's is the first year ArtsRiot has put on the race. Most of the money raised will go toward Local Motion and its efforts to make Burlington, what they call, a more bikeable community.

Jason Van Driesche with Local Motion said, "You got to have fun if you want people to mobilize and work together for something big and hard like a truly bikeable city."

As delicious as 33 donuts may sound, it's a hard task but nearly 50 participants were up for the challenge.

"The third donut, we were having a hard time. But I think we're bringing it back. Yea, we're bringing it back," said Pratt.

Another biker downing the donuts said, "You just hope that you're peddling fast enough to work off all the donuts so it evens out."

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