COPPERAS COVE — Runners enjoy getting a little sweaty prior to a big running event.

A pair from Nolanville may have taken it to the extreme.

Shawn Griffin and Chad Weaver ran from Nolanville to Copperas Cove for the H-E-B Plus Gallop and Trot on Saturday. They were two of more than 250 participants in the ninth annual event that raises funds for the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce. Spokeswomman Jennifer Flood of the Chamber said the event should raise approximately $5,000.

Griffin and Weaver started their 20-mile Saturday run in Nolanville at 5 a.m.

“We took all of the access and secondary roads to get here,” Griffin said. “We stopped at Willow Springs (Road) to get a Gatorade for the second part of the run.”

The duo arrived 15 minutes prior to the 8 a.m. start. In total, they ran more than 23 miles on the day. Weaver and Griffin did receive a ride home after finishing 14th (22 minutes, 10 seconds) and 17th (22:51) respectively.

Despite starting 15 minutes later than everyone else, Genaro Candanedo was the winner of the event with a time of 16:57.

Killeen High School freshman Gian Pulido crossed the finish line first in 19:31.

“I tried to stay in front and not let anyone pass me,” Pulido said. “I went the wrong way at one point and was passed.”

Copperas Cove High School sophomore Madisen Honea finished fifth overall and won the women’s division in 20:45.

“The course is okay, but there are a lot of hills,” Honea said.

More than 20 members of the nonprofit Team Red, White & Blue of Killeen participated in the event. The organization helps people in the military get accustomed to the service life. The group participates in runs, community and school events, and adopt-a-highway projects.

“A lot of these soldiers do not have a family in the area,” spokesperson Christina Sandoval of Killeen said. “We are their connection in Killeen.”

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