JAMESTOWN - Registration for the 2014 Lucy Town Half Marathon & 5K is now available online. To register for the second annual event, visit the Lucy Town Half Marathon & 5K website at www.lucyrace.com. The race weekend will take place on Oct. 11-12, 2014.
From now until Feb. 1, the cost of registering for the 5K run/walk will be $18 and the cost of registering for the half marathon will be $50. From Feb. 1 until July 10, the price of registering for the 5K run/walk will increase to $20 and the cost of registering for the half marathon will increase to $55. Additional price increases will take place on Sept.10 and Oct.10.
"I'm actually giving this as a Christmas gift to a few friends this year," said Journey Gunderson, Executive Director for the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy. "They had so much fun at the race and seeing Martin Short that we're making it an annual Columbus Day weekend get-together."
The 2014 Lucy Town Half Marathon is being organized by Chautauqua Striders, Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, and the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy. In 2013, the inaugural event saw over 700 participants run through downtown Jamestown, including runners from 27 different states and two countries. California, Colorado, Florida, Montana, and Nevada were just a few of the states represented by runners during the weekend.
The goal of the weekend is to promote a healthy lifestyle that includes both exercise and laughter. In 2013, a packed Reg Lenna Center for the Arts was treated to legendary comedian Martin Short during the race weekend. The headline comedian who will be performing during the 2014 race weekend will be announced at a later date in the coming months.
The USATF certified courses begin and end in Lucille Ball's hometown of Jamestown, NY. Additionally, the half marathon course runs through the neighboring towns of Lakewood and Celoron, and near locations such as Ball's childhood home, the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy, a full-color 'I Love Lucy' mural in downtown Jamestown, and the Lucille Ball Memorial Park.
The Lucy Town Half Marathon & 5K is proudly supported by its title sponsor, Univera Healthcare. Additional sponsors include Jamestown Area Medical Associates, Jamestown Pediatric Associates, The Legend Group, Shults Auto Group, WCA Hospital, and TV media sponsor Time Warner Cable News.
About the Race Organizers:
Originally founded in 1979 as a local track club, Chautauqua Striders has since developed into a multi-faceted community organization, proudly offering diversified programs that incorporate its mission to "mentor and guide youth through education, advocacy and athletics." The not-for- profit agency, based in Jamestown, New York, provides tutoring, mentoring, outreach and athletic programs to more than 2,000 Chautauqua County youth annually. The goal of Chautauqua Striders is to help youth graduate high school inspired with the knowledge, skills, and confidence required for successful college and career experiences.
Chautauqua Striders has 16 years of experience managing and timing road races and regional track & field competitions.
Jamestown Savings Bank Arena
The Jamestown Savings Bank Arena opened its doors in 2002 as a centralized community center in downtown Jamestown. The twin pad ice facility had an original focus on ice sports, primarily hockey and figure skating, but has widened its goals to become a multipurpose sports and entertainment venue.
Over the years, the not-for-profit organization has produced a variety of events including family shows, concerts and in 2011, hosted preliminary games for the IIHF World Jr. Hockey Championships. Most recently, JSBA presented the second Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular, which will be nationally televised in an upcoming NBC special.
JSBA has also broadened its horizons with the addition of turf sports to its programming along with a free outdoor concert series throughout the summer. The Arena seeks to move forward with new ideas, an expanded selection of programming and entertainment, but still prides itself on being a community center for Jamestown's youth and families alike.
Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy
Lucille Ball's hometown of Jamestown, NY has honored the legacy of "The First Couple of Comedy" with its renowned museum attraction since 1996. Tripling in size in 2006, the mission of the museum and center for comedy is to preserve the legacy of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and enrich the world through the healing powers of love and laughter through its commitment to the development of the comedic arts.
The Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy produces the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival annually. In 2013, the festival featured Bill Engvall, Kathleen Madigan, and a "Comics to Watch" showcase of upcoming comedians presented by Pandora Internet Radio, and past festivals have featured Ray Romano, Ellen DeGeneres, Lewis Black, Billy Gardell, Joan Rivers, Paula Poundstone, Tammy Pescatelli, and many more.