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  • Jose Luis Villegas / jvillegas@sacbee.com

    The commemorative plaque of Eppie Johnson's "Great Race" charity triathlon on the bike trail at William Pond Recreation Area on September 18, 2013 is decorated with flowers, a Eppie's Great Race Jersey and American flag in memory of Eppie Johnson who died last weekend at the age of 85 at his home in Sacramento. Read the story.

  • Paul Kitagaki Jr. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com

    Eppie Johnson, 85, who started Eppie’s Great Race, died over the weekend. Before the 40th running in July, he held the first trophy for the event.

  • Jose Luis Villegas / jvillegas@sacbee.com

    Cyclists Keith Scollay, left, and Jeremy Palomar ride past the the commemorative plaque of Eppie Johnson's "Great Race" charity triathlon on the bike trail at William Pond Recreation Area on September 18, 2013. The plaque is decorated with flowers, a Eppie's Great Race Jersey and American flag in memory of Eppie Johnson who died last weekend at the age of 85 at his home in Sacramento.Read the story.

Services set for Great Race founder Eppie Johnson

Published: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013 - 7:57 pm

Services for Great Race founder Eppie Johnson are planned next week at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 600 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento.

A Trisagion is set for 7 p.m. Monday, and a funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Eppie’s Great Race Foundation at www.EppiesGreatRace.org.

Johnson, 85, a Sacramento celebrity who owned a chain of restaurants and started the Great Race in 1974, was found at his home Monday. He was believed to have died in his sleep Saturday night, possibly from a heart problem, Great Race spokeswoman Drisha Leggitt said.

Eppie’s Great Race is a popular run-cycle-kayak contest billed as the oldest triathlon in the world. The annual competition has raised a total of more than $1 million for Therapeutic Recreation Services, a Sacramento County program for people with developmental disabilities.


Call The Bee’s Robert D. Dávila, (916) 321-1077. Follow him on Twitter @Bob_Davila

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