State Superintendent Mark Johnson appears to be backing away from his pledge to eat a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts on Saturday as a participant in the 15th Annual Krispy Kreme Challenge.
Last year, Johnson pledged to participate in the gluttonous race if 95 percent of educators responded to a survey on working conditions.
The response rate was 91 percent, just shy of the 95 percent Johnson sought, but the superintendent said he would participate anyway as a “fun thank you.”
However, Johnson has entered the Challenge as a “casual runner.”
A news release from his office points out that casual runners are not required to eat the “entire dozen doughnuts.” Full participants are required to eat 12 doughnuts at the halfway point of the 5-mile race.
Give Johnson credit for agreeing to make the trek from the Memorial Bell Tower on the N.C. State campus to Krispy Kreme at the intersection of Peace and Person streets, and back.
But it seems he ought to go ahead and eat all 12 doughnuts.
A 91 percent response rate is nothing to sneeze at, or a reason to turn down a dozen delicious Krispy Kreme doughnuts.