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‘Bluegrass Half Marathon’ to debut in September

The first annual “Bluegrass Half Marathon and Expo Fueled by Earth Fare” is a weekend full of events for the entire family.
It all gets started on Saturday, September 25, with registration and an expo at the Carnegie Hotel where various vendors will be on hand with food, freebies, along with health and exercise tips.
Also that morning is the Itty Bitty Bites one-mile run, a culmination of a weeks-long program to help fight childhood obesity, stressing the importance of exercise and healthy eating.
Prior to the event, Johnson City school children will be encouraged to run or walk a mile or two each week and then hit the 13.1-mile mark when they run the “mini-marathon.”
This one-mile run is open to all children, including those visiting from out of town.
The main event, where runners will complete the entire 13.1-mile half-marathon, is September 26 at 8 a.m.
Runners will be entertained with bluegrass music along the race route courtesy of the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Program.
“We’re very excited to incorporate so many aspects of our area into this event,” said Karen Hubbs, director of sports development at the Johnson City Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Visitors and locals alike will walk away with a real taste of our way of life — the beautiful scenery they’ll see on the run, the bluegrass music they’ll hear and the value we place on our health and children. We think it’ll give people a reason to come back.”
For more information about the event, go to: www.bluegrasshalfmarathon.com.