Johnson City celebrates 9th Annual Bluegrass Half Marathon

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Over 600 people ran in the 9th Annual Bluegrass Half Marathon on Sunday in Johnson City.

The race took runners throughout the city including the Tree Streets neighborhood, ETSU campus, the VA, and the finish line in downtown at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion at Founder’s Park.

The race is put on by the Goose Chase organization.

“We have a program called the Goose Chase Gives Back. So we have about 12 non-profits we work with and if a runner uses their code we give money back to that nonprofit,” Goose Chase Owner and Bluegrass Half Marathon Race Director, Karen Hubbs said.

We met a runner who traveled six hours from Northern Virginia to race Saturday.

She was an ETSU student 20 years ago.

“It’s a little surreal. The athletic facilities on campus are totally different and so everything is the same but everything is really different. Downtown is revitalized and it was just a really fun way to see everything,” Kristin Garcia said.

Organizers tells us for their 10 year anniversary next year – they plan to make the race bigger and better than ever.

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