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SMITHFIELD — A computer analyst for the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is preparing for the 2019 Boston Marathon on April 15.
Gary Snow has worked for the sheriff’s office since April 1999. A Virginia native, Snow grew up in Mount Airy and graduated from Surry Central High School.
He then moved to Johnston County, where he graduated from Campbell University with a bachelor’s degree in government.
Snow said his brother got him into running in the summer of 2015.
“It was my first experience and I got hooked,” said Snow.
Since then, he’s run in 14 5K and four 10K races.
Snow isn’t running just for himself, he’s supporting an organization called the Mass Mentoring Partnership.
Based in Boston, the group empowers youth-adult relationships across Massachusetts. The partnership serves more than 250 mentoring and youth development programs statewide in Massachusetts supporting more than 33,000 youth in mentoring relationships. The MMP was founded in 1992 by former Boston College President J. Donald Monan and Paul O’Brien, the CEO of New England Telephone.
Snow is raising $10,000 to participate in the marathon, all of which will support the MMP. The Boston Marathon has established funding pages for runners. His page link is https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/mass-mentoring-partnership-boston-2019/runningsnowman .
In 2018, charity runners raised $36.6 million among more than 100 charities for causes both in Boston and nationally.
“The Boston Marathon is the Super Bowl of marathons,” said Snow. “It’s been on my bucket list and running to help teens dreams to become reality is exciting.”
Snow and his family attend Tabernacle Baptist Church in Wilson and the children attend Wilson Christian Academy.
“The Lord called me to preach in 2007,” said Snow. “I’m trying to share the Gospel.”