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Run 4 Water plans event to raise money, awareness

Arthur Jackson • Updated Aug 28, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Run 4 Water will hold a festival next month to raise money and awareness for people in need of clean water.

"We just want people to come out and be aware of the cause," said Greg Armstrong, director of Run 4 Water.

The event will be held from 7 a.m. on Sept. 21 through 7 a.m. Sept. 22 at Winfree Bryant Middle School and will end with a pancake breakfast.

According to Armstrong, the Sept. 21 event is Tennessee’s only 24-hour run.

There will also be a 12-hour run that starts at 7 a.m. and a 6-hour run that starts at 1 p.m. Awards ceremonies and celebration will begin at 7 p.m.

Armstrong said event activities target the 500-plus kids that will attend, but it will be family-friendly and avid-runner-friendly as well.

Activities will include games, bands and a color run. In the color run, participants will be splashed with a different color for each mile that they run.

It will cost $10 to enter and a T-shirt will be supplied.

The kids will receive a free T-shirt, water bottle and medal to commemorate their run.

Currently, students from Winfree Bryant, Walter J. Baird, Byars Dowdy, Friendship Christian and a few others plan to attend.                       

Armstrong said money raised by the event will go toward five wells, tanks and plumbing to provide water to homes in Sneedville, Tenn. Run 4 Water is also working on a long-term project to help Sneedville’s Rambang family return to their home country of Sudan and help provide water for the Rambang’s war-torn community in Sudan.

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