Bible reading marathon proclamation



On March 28, Oneonta Mayor Ross Norris and Probate Judge Chris Green, jointly signed a proclamation declaring May 4–7 as the Oneonta/Blount County Bible Reading Marathon.

Both Green and Norris are very supportive of the upcoming marathon. Mayor Norris said, “It is such an honor to be a part of this great event.”

Beginning at 8 a.m. on May 4, there will be 72 continuous hours of Bible reading on the lawn of the Blount County Courthouse. The marathon will also correspond with the National Day of Prayer events scheduled that same day.

The community’s response and enthusiasm has been unbelievable, according to event coordinator Julia Cleland.

Thirty-four churches have committed to participating in this initial marathon, which is likely to become an annual event.

Cleland said, “God alone has the answers for our individual, family, community and nation’s confusion, repentance, Christian unity and peace.”

Cleland proclaimed Hebrews 4:12 NKJV as continued inspiration for this marathon, ”For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

For more information contact Cleland by phone at (205) 718-4191, email at or visit the Facebook page, Oneonta Blount County Bible Reading Marathon.