Seventh Annual Cummins Run For Literacy Announced

Running for a Cause
Running for a Cause

Cummins Inc., Jamestown Engine Plant, will sponsor its seventh annual 5K run/walk on Saturday, May 11, to benefit the Prendergast Library Literacy Center.

Runners will begin at 9 a.m. with walkers following five minutes later. The event begins and ends at the library at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. Athletes will run on city streets, through Lake View Cemetery, and back.

The event supports efforts by the Library Literacy Center to train and match volunteer tutors with adult learners who need help with basic reading, writing, math, and English as a Second Language. Many students are working toward their GED.

Registration and packet pickup will take place between 8 and 8:45 a.m. the morning of the race on the Cherry Street side of the library. T-shirts will be provided to the first 200 people who register.  The non-refundable registration fee is $17, and people must be present to receive their shirt.

Registration forms are available at the library or online. Forms and checks, made payable to James Prendergast Library, are to be sent to Cummins Run for Literacy, Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, N.Y., 14701.

There will be awards for overall top male and female runner, and male and female first and second place in five-year age groups from 14 to 64-plus. For walkers, there will be overall men’s, women’s, boys’ and girls’ awards and first, second and third places.

The library will serve refreshments and present awards on the lawn at the corner of Cherry and Fifth streets. In case of rain, participants will use the Fifth Street entrance into the library.

Timing is provided by Smiley Miles. Race results will be posted on and

For more information about the Cummins Run for Literacy, contact Bobbie Caswell, acting assistant director, at 484-7135, Ext. 236.