Onetime 314-pound Chattanooga pastor faces daunting 314-mile race

photo David Pharr runs Monday, July 11, 2016, across the Walnut Street Bridge.

photo David Pharr runs Monday, July 11, 2016, across the Walnut Street Bridge.

Residents of several rural towns west of Chattanooga can expect to see dozens of disheveled people trudging through their communities on foot at various times next week as they near the end of a race described by its director as, "one of the most daunting challenges in the running world."

At some point, a Chattanooga pastor is expected to be among them, closing in on the finish line of a daunting journey that will carry an especially symbolic weight.

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