Runners help "chase" homelessness out of Johnson City

Hannah Swayze • Mar 18, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Runners of all ages came out Saturday morning to help "chase" homelessness out of Johnson City during the annual Chasing Snakes 10K and 4K run to benefit Family Promise.

Chasing Snakes race director Jon Clark said 220 participated in the races, decked out in green socks, tutus, ribbons, and even full costumes to either run or walk the paths through downtown Johnson City. Clark also said a lot of the participants are local.

170 of those runners participated in the 10K, which was a USA Track and Field-certified race. 

This year’s race, hosted by St. John's Episcopal Church, also celebrates 10 years of racing and raising money for Family Promise.

Over the course of that decade, the race has raised more than $75,000 for Family Promise. Though they won't know for a few days exactly how much money they've raised, organizers hope they will bring the total number past $80,000.

Family Promise is a local organization that keeps homeless and low-income families together while helping them by providing job skills classes, counseling and other resources to help them settle into permanent housing and gain sustainable independence. St. John's Episcopal is one of more than 50 churches in the area that feed, house and are there for families helped by Family Promise.

Bob Hall, director of Family Promise, addressed the runners after the awards ceremony that followed the race with a sincere “thank you” to everyone who ran or volunteered in the event.

"Believe it or not there are 600 children in Johnson City Schools that were helped last year. Six hundred homeless children just in Johnson City Schools alone. And what we do, no one else is equipped to do right now," said Hall.

"We are able to that because of folks like you, churches like St. John's and 52 others that take care of our families and house them and feed them and love them. So, when you all come out today and you show your spirit for St. Patrick's Day, you're also helping a great cause, helping your community and making the world a better place so we thank you."

For more information on the race, go to http://www.chasingsnakes10k.com. For more information on Family Promise, visit http://familypromisejc.com or follow them on Facebook.

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