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It's not necessary to run the engine to get a coating of oil on everything, it's already coated (you ran the engine to warm up the oil prior to changing it, right?). I run it to make sure the oil filter doesn't leak and to fill the filter so I can top it off correctly.
This^^.. only I mostly prefill the filter before installation so that there's no 'void' in the flow during startup. (can't totally fill it because it mounts on an angle). For engines with the filter on a horizontal axis this is probably not possible.
 
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