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Bluegrass Half Marathon back in Johnson City

The Bluegrass Half Marathon is back in Johnson City at the end of the month. The Last Mile Kid’s Run will also be taking place for young runners to get involved.


The 9th Annual Bluegrass Half Marathon, powered by The Wellness Center, is set for Sunday, Sept. 30 with a course that will take participants though some of the city’s best areas for running. Starting at the Pavilion at Founders Park, runners will travel through part of Downtown, Historic Tree Streets, East Tennessee State University and the VA Mountain Home Campus. The event will culminate at the Pavilion and Yee-Haw Brewing Co., with music from ETSU Bluegrass Band.

“The Bluegrass was Johnson City’s first half marathon and it’s one of our favorite races because it’s a showcase of our community,” said Karen Hubbs, founder of The Goose Chase.

“It brings together some of the best of what our city has to offer – beautiful scenery, historic landmarks, Bluegrass music, and of course- running.”

The Bluegrass Half Marathon offers two-and four-person relay component as well as The Last Mile Kid’s Run.

“The Last Mile is really cool because it allows youth to participate without having to run a whole half marathon at once,” Hubbs said. “All they have to do is run or walk 12.1 miles with their family, friends, or school prior to Sept. 28, then come run the last mile that night with family and friends. It’s a lot of fun, and a great way to get their parents excited about running the Bluegrass on Sunday.”

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