LucyTown Races and Martin Short Highlight Columbus Day Weekend










“Come on out and watch—they might run right by your house—or step out and run yourself,” said David Reinhardt, Director of Health and Wellness for the Chautauqua Striders, inviting local residents to the Columbus Day weekend 5k run on October 12 and the 13.1-mile Lucy Town Half Marathon on October 13.

“Runners are coming from both ends of the country,” Reinhardt said with obvious pride. “We have runners flying in from California and Maine, from Georgia and Missouri…from 24 states in all and from Canada.” Whether anyone wants to run or watch, according to Reinhardt, it will be a great opportunity to meet some wonderful people and to be an ambassador for their own hometown. The course is USATF certified, attracting serious and seasoned runners as well as enthusiastic beginners.

Heightening the excitement and appeal of the Columbus Day weekend in Jamestown will be legendary comedian Martin Short, who will take the stage at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts for one night only on Saturday, October 12 at 7:30pm. Short, a veteran of Second City Television, Saturday Night Live and the movies, was named “Hollywood’s Most Beloved Comedian” by Vanity Fair in their January 2013 issue. He is currently working with Lorne Michaels on a new television show for NBC.

To order show tickets for Martin Short, visit or call the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts box office at (716)484-7070.

The three co-sponsors for this event are the Jamestown Striders, Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena and the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy.

The runners will make their way through many parts of Jamestown, Celeron and Lakewood. Naturally, as in every race, winning is important. For these races, however, running is as important as winning. Reinhardt invites everyone to visit, click on the “LucyTown Race OffersTraining” tab and learn more about wellness opportunities and the fun of running, even if the starting block for your first 5K run is really only your couch.

Gary Peters Jr., creator of the many spectacular, building sized murals seen prominently around Jamestown, showing Lucille Ball in some of her most famous TV scenes, has also created special commemorative medals which will be presented to the finishers in the first-ever Lucy Town races on Columbus Day weekend. Peters has now been credited with creating another unique Lucy Ball work of art.

Chautauqua Striders has 15 years of experience managing and timing road races and regional track & field competitions.

Community Benefit

Runners’ entry fees and the generous sponsorship contributions of Univera, the title sponsor, and the Gold-Medal Sponsors including JAMA, Jamestown Pediatrics, WCA Hospital, the Legend Group and the Jamestown Savings Bank, will combine to both underwrite the cost of the event and support the Striders work in the community.

“We think the best way to start an exciting and ambitious project like this is to “Go Big” for our very first outing,” Reinhardt explained. “We want people to know how grateful we are for the community support and how that support is creating a really outstanding event that reaches across the country.”

Journey Gunderson, Executive Director of the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy, an event co-sponsor, has also been an avid and accomplished runner herself and she is proud to support the fitness aspects of the LucyTown Races and to help promote healthy lifestyle choices.

For people unsure about their ability to make the run, Gunderson hopes to “…provide ways for people to be able to say ‘yes’ to this event who might be wondering whether they should give it a shot.” She adds, “There’s still time to say ‘yes’, whether it’s your first half marathon or first 5k.”

“We’re really proud of the great collaboration we’ve created between three of our community’s leading non-profit organizations,” said Kurt Silcott, CEO of event co-sponsor Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena. “We wanted to find one more way to showcase this great town and even to extend our summertime a little bit with a couple of very popular races.”

“Live, Love & Run is our motto for the weekend’s events,” Silcott said. “And that’s what we’ve put together. Martin Short was our first choice for center stage comedy everybody could enjoy, and we’re really happy he agreed to come. He’s a big Lucy fan, too, and a very funny man.”

Racers, runners and enthusiastic joggers are invited to sign up for the race, right up until race day, at the same website where they can buy tickets for Martin Short’s show by, visiting or calling the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts box office at (716)484-7070.


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Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.