Frequently Asked Questions

Why Chasing Snakes?

Legend has it that in the 4th century, Saint Patrick cursed all of the venomous snakes in Ireland and drove them out into the sea where they drowned, never again to return to the isles’ shore. For more St Patrick's Day lore, click here or here.

This is a charity race. Who is it supporting?

Proceeds support Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), a network of churches and community agencies in the Johnson City area which provide support for homeless families with children.

How can I help?

  1. We are currently looking for sponsorship on all levels. Please contact our race director, Amy Combs, for further information.
  2. We are in need of volunteers who can be there on race day to help us set up, monitor the event and (of course) clean up after all the tired runners have gone home.

Who is organizing this event?

A team of volunteers from St John's Episcopal Church are organizing the event for the community. We have hired the State of Franklin Track Club to manage the event, and our 10k course is USATF certified (TN0879MS).

Can I walk the 10k road race?

Yes. Ideally, everyone who wants to participate in this race can and should do so. However, we will only have support from the police department (blocked roads, patrols, etc) for the first 90 minutes, after which you will have to move to the sidewalks and obey all traffic signs. Our dedicated volunteers will still be out on the course, looking out for your safety, until the last racer comes in!

We also have the Chasing Snakes 4k Fitness Walk/Fun Run, so that those who don't want to participate in the 10k road race, or wouldn't be able to finish in the allotted time, can still be involved in the day's events!