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Krumpe's Do-Nut Alley Rally 5K Run and Walk combines running and doughnuts

Krumpe's Do-Nut Alley Rally 5K Run and Walk combines running and doughnuts

During the 1930s, doughnuts were becoming an icon of American culture. 

According to, Krispy Kreme and other doughnut shops were getting their start, and presidents and celebrities often were photographed eating the tasty pastry.

Also during that time, German immigrant Rudolph Krumpe had married Anna Lee Palmer. He retired from the United States Coast Guard and began working as an apprentice baker in a doughnut shop in York, Pa. Krumpe enjoyed his work, bought the recipe from the shop owner, and eventually opened Mother Krumpe’s Do-Nuts Shop in Hagerstown.

“We started making doughnuts under the Krumpe name back in 1934. It was a little different animal back then,” said Max Krumpe, operations manager. “(More than) 80 years ago, my great-grandpa started it.”

Today, Max’s father Rudy Krumpe and his uncle Fred Krumpe own what has become something of an area landmark.

The business’ 5K race, the Krumpe’s Do-Nut Alley Rally to benefit Wounded Warriors, began in 2008 and has become a popular summer tradition at 7:30 p.m. the second Friday night of August. This year’s event will be Friday, Aug. 10.

“We were looking for different ideas for giving back to the community. We are, you know, very big supporters of the military, the United States of America. We believe in the red, white and blue,” Max Krumpe said. “We’ve had a lot of employees, community members who have worked for us, kids going in the military, family previously in the military who have gotten out. We wanted to try to give back to organizations that support veterans, military personnel, police officers, as much as we can.”

Krumpe’s teamed up with Racine MultiSports, which provides chip timing for the event. Cash prizes are presented to first-, second-, and third-place men’s and women’s overall finishers. The top two finishers of each age group receive medals.

The course begins and ends near the shop on Donut Alley, passing through Rose Hill Cemetery and Hagerstown’s south end.

“It’s really cool seeing this huge herd of people start at the top of the hill. Some people dress up actually like doughnuts. One guy dressed as a cop and had a doughnut hanging from his hat, like he was chasing a doughnut,” Krumpe said. “We have little kids running. We have older people running.”

Shop workers provide a free doughnut to participants after the race. 

Between 650 and 800 people typically participate in the event, while another 800 or so watch, Krumpe said. 

Over the course of eight years, the race has raised more than $80,000.

“We typically give back $10- to $15,000 each year depending on how big the race is,” he said. “We always sing the national anthem before the race starts. My father and his friends lead the runners out on their bikes. We’ve made it competitive so we get a lot of people who really want to run, and we get a lot of people who just want to have fun and support the cause.”

All proceeds benefit Wounded Warrior programs, including area organizations Warrior Hunting Adventures and Healing Waters Fly Fishing for Wounded Warriors.

Over the years, area veterans, some of whom have been wounded in action, have attended the race as spectators and as participants.

“It’s really cool to see how we have helped or just to know that in some way we have supported these guys to change their lives around,” Krumpe said.

A number of area businesses, large and small, provide significant support and contributions to the event.

“Really, our clients and the businesses, they show their support for people in Hagerstown and the Hagerstown area. We have a tremendous feeling of gratitude for them,” Krumpe said.

Top photo: Hundreds of runners take off at the start of the 2017 Krumpe's Donut Alley Rally 5K Friday night in Hagerstown's South End. (Herald-Mail file photo)

If you go ...

WHAT: Krumpe’s Do-Nut Alley Rally 5K Run and Walk
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 10. 6 p.m. Registration begins. 7:30 Run/walk begins. Early packet pick-up at registration building Thursday, Aug. 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Krumpe’s Do-Nut Shop, 912 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown
COST: $30 registration fee. $20 for high school and active military.
CONTACT: Go to Krumpe’s Donut Alley Rally 5K on Facebook. Call Max Krumpe at 301-992-0388. Register online at

Traffic advisory

Beginning at 4 p.m., First Street will be closed to all traffic between Spruce Street and Maryland Avenue.

At the start of the race at 7:30 p.m., South Potomac Street will be closed to traffic between Memorial Boulevard and Howard Street; this closure will last approximately 30 minutes until racers have cleared the course.

No other streets will be closed during the race, but traffic along the course will be shifted to one side of each street to provide a clear lane for the race participants. Streets should be open by 8:30 p.m.

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