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May 30, 2010

Triangle Team Make Me Yelp: Ready, Set, DOUGH!

Posted by Christina Gates

On Saturday, a team of four intrepid yelpers – whose bodies are as strong as their stomachs – raced in the Durham Doughman. What is the Doughman? A team triathlon spiced with crazy costumes and competitive eating. Think Ironman – but a lot, well, doughier. For a more hilarious explanation, check out the Man V Food filming from last year's event. In the May issue of Go, Adam Richman calls it the craziest challenge he's ever encountered on the show!

But not so for team Make Me Yelp who cleaned up with Richard Simmons' pizazz – and enthusiasm! Tripp W scarfed down a yogurt parfait and biked to Hog Heaven where a bbq plate and a team of Yelp volunteers awaited.

On the next, leg (G.I.) Jane W put away a whole pizza and then sprinted to the pool where she tackled the aquatic portion of the race: inner tube paddling. Phil G filled up with a goat sausage hoagie amidst a 3-mile run and then tagged teammate Meghan B who chowed down some chilaquiles before racing to the final showdown. At the historic Durham Athletic Park, the whole team dined on dessert and then fled to the finish line – coming in 15th out of 70 teams! Not too shabby considering that wig wind resistance factor.

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There was rich reward for sweating it out: The team scored first place in the costume competition and got highlighted on the 96 Rock morning show recording live at the event. Everyone wanted a photo with them – including the celebrity Biggest Losers team! "Make Me Yelp" also brought in $300 for charity and earned a spot on the top 10 fundraising leaderboard. Way to go, yelpers!

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After a nap, everyone reconvened for great local music, food and beer at the Doughman Banquet – because there's no better way to celebrate sweet victory than by stuffing yourself silly again.

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Already cookin' up costume ideas for next year!
Christina G

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