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The 2017 Daniel Feather Memorial 5K Race and Fitness Walk, presented by Chautauqua Striders, will be held on Sunday, September 4 at Bergman Park. The race is held as part of the City of Jamestown’s Labor Day Festival. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the 5K Run/Walk following at 9:30 a.m.
The Daniel Feather Memorial Race includes a 5K run and walk division. The race is also part of the 2017 UPMC Chautauqua WCA Runner of the Year Series and has been designated as the 5K Diamond race. Diamond races offer double points toward the Runner of the Year Series as well as crowning the Athletic Club Champion.
The USATF Certified course starts and finishes on Baker Street with a pleasant tour of the city’s residential south and west side neighborhoods. Last year Collin Barmore of Falconer, NY in 17:48.0 and Brooke Adams of Randolph, NY was the first female finisher at 19:23.0.
Online Registration is available at www.chautauquastriders.org for $20.00 and closes on September 2 at 4:59 p.m. If you register the day of the race it is $25. Competitors who register prior to or on deadline will receive a goodie-bag and a custom made t-shirt.
Daniel W. Feather had a lifelong interest in running which led him to the New York State and International Police Olympics, where he earned numerous gold and silver medals. For several years, he also participated successfully in area triathlons. Dan Feather received the Chautauqua County Gold Achievement Award for personal fitness, and was also selected as one of Jamestown Community College’s 50 Greatest Athletes. He was inducted posthumously into Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame on February 18, 1993.
Daniel Feather became a Jamestown Police Officer on March 4, 1974, and served as such until his death on May 12, 1992. Dan suffered a brain aneurysm while riding his bike, training for an upcoming time trial.
Along with Ronald Graham, Daniel Feather co-founded Chautauqua Striders in 1979, and served as a volunteer coach for several years. Since its inception, Chautauqua Striders has grown tremendously. Last year, over 1,100 students were involved in various before and after school programs. These students took advantage of the following services provided by the organization: tutoring and mentoring programs; PSAT/SAT workshops; outreach assistance; athletic related activities; and participation in the USA Track & Field National Junior Olympics.
All proceeds from the race go to the Chautauqua Striders Track Club and to a college scholarship for a local track & field athlete in memory of Daniel Feather.
Race applications are available at the following locations: Jamestown Police Department, YMCA of Jamestown and Lakewood, and the Jamestown Cycle Shop. Online registration and additional information is also available at www.chautauquastriders.org. For further information, contact David Reinhardt with the Chautauqua Striders at 716-489-3489 or firstname.lastname@example.org.