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Copperhead Road Run raises $1000 for Cancer Support Group

By Lindsey Campbell
On Saturday a group of 27 runners gathered at the old school in Dry Run to participate in the Copperhead Road Run. The run was set up by Temple Reece to raise money for the Johnson County Cancer Support Group.
Reece says her goal was to raise $500 for the local Cancer Support Group, and that goal was surpassed.
“I’m very, very pleased. I was hoping we’d raise $500 and we doubled it,” Reece said. “It was just a really nice day for a run.”
In addition to that total of nearly $1000, Reece said one more sizeable donation is expected to come in.
Each year Reece does something to raise money for the Cancer Support Group, and this year she wanted to do it on Copperhead Road since she is very interested in the road’s history and because of the recognition it received from the Knoxville station WBIR.
After an opening ceremony with the song “Copperhead Road” sang by Logan Vincent, participants loaded into the back of a truck and rode to the beginning of Copperhead Road. Each had the option to complete a one-mile or two-mile stretch.
With the runners in position, Sheriff Mike Reece turned on a siren, signaling for the runners to take off.
Kenneth Blevins won the Overall Best Time. He ran the two miles with a time of 11:55:00. He said that winning was exciting, but he was there for another reason.
“I run all the time; when they asked me if I wanted to run, I said yes,” said Blevins. “I wanted to help out the cause.”
Awards were also given in each age group. Madisyn Farrow won first place in the under six age division, Isaac Lewis won second place. Asa Lewis won first place in the 7-12 age division.
Kenneth Blevins won first place in the 13-18 age division, and Chris Blevins came in second.
Leighanne Taylor took first place in the 19-25 age division, while second place went to Daniel McNew.
In the 26-35 age division, first place went to Becky Webb and second place went to Tammy Warren.
Pam Isaacs took first place in the 36-49 age division, and Chris and Bonnie Reece tied for second.
In the final age division, 50 and over, Louise Dowell came in first place. There was a three-way tie for second place between Jamie Gentry, Nancy Alexander, and Harold Bowman.
Though the Copperhead Road Run was a success, Reece said she does not plan on making this an annual event, but she “wouldn’t completely rule it out.”