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

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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