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Runners will be "Chasing Snakes" downtown on Saturday

Hannah Swayze • Mar 16, 2018 at 11:28 PM

If you see leprechauns running in the streets downtown this weekend, don't try to chase them down for a pot of gold — they're raising money for families in need.

Today is the 10-year anniversary of the annual Johnson City Chasing Snakes race.

The race is made up of both a 10K road race and 4K Fitness Walk and is a USA Track and Field-certified event. About 200 to 250 participants are expected to take to the streets downtown, dressed in green in the St. Patrick's Day spirit.

The event, hosted every year by St. John’s Episcopal Church to benefit Family Promise of Greater Johnson City as a member of the network of churches associated with Family Promise. 

Family Promise is an organization that provides a network of local agencies and faith-based groups that help low-income and homeless people in the area. Through Family Promise, families can remain together while being helped along to find a solution for housing while having access to other services such as counseling and job skills training.

Over the years, the race has raised over $75,000 for the organization, and this year hopes to bring that number up to $80,000.

The race begins at St. John’s Episcopal Church and showcases downtown. Organizers say all roads should be open again by 9:30 a.m.

At 10 a.m., the award ceremony will begin, which include locally made trophies for winners in each age group. One runner will be presented with the "Leapin' Leprechaun Award" for their dedication to the St. Patrick's Day theme.

Organizers also encourage those who are along the path at the time of the race to just take a moment and cheer on the runners.

For more information on the race, visit www.chasingsnakes10K.com. For more information about Family Promise of Greater Johnson City and what they do and how to help, visit http://familypromisejc.com.

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