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Harker Heights Evening Star
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Running for donuts

Running for donuts

Saturday morning, at the campus of Texas A&M University-Central Texas, the race was off to run and to eat one dozen donuts for the Fort Hood Area Habitat for Humanity.

The main objective of the race was to provide more awareness of Habitat’s presence in the community and to raise funds for the non-profit, dedicated to building houses for families in need.  

“The Executive Director found the donut challenge online and thought it would be really fun to do. We are hoping to make this an annual event.” said event organizer, Melissa Cates.

The race course wound its way through the campus and parking lot along the wildflower-lined path.  

“The course is really good. I’ve been in races where some trails are very gravelly and rough, make you break your ankle, but this one is really nice so far and pretty,” said Mishiella Hensley of Fort Hood, who came with Jason Roseburgh and their two dogs, Jasmine and Django.  

The 78 registers had the option to stop at the midway point and scarf down a dozen donuts, or be a casual runner and have one celebratory donut at the end of the race.

“It supports a good cause, but that’s a lot of donuts to eat at once,” said Heidi Witters of Harker Heights who signed up as a casual runner.         

The 2,604 calories in the 12 donuts did not deter runner, Daniel Wilson of Killeen, from accepting the challenge.

“I’m trying to smoosh them and stack them,” said Wilson before gulping down a bite of a fresh, glazed Shipley Do-Nut.   

The Panneton family of Harker Heights was one of the several families that participated in the race for some fun and to support an organization that has been serving the community since 1994.   

“It’s not just about eating the donuts, it’s about giving money to something we believe in,” said Brad Panneton.   

The race also included vendors, prizes, and a silent auction.

“We heard for first-year runs, we had more than expected. We will raise about $10,000 with this event,” said Cates.

The donut race challenge was just one of several events Habitat for Humanity and Texas A&M are partnering for. Future events consist of an appreciation dinner and silent auction. In approximately six months, an auction and a raffle in which a piece of land will be raffled off will take place.  

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