The 2015 Chautauqua Striders Winter 5K Series is scheduled to begin on Saturday, Jan. 3.  The series is a handicap “age-graded” race series.  Age-grading levels the playing field for all runners and provides each runner with the percentage value of an “ideal” or best time for his or her age and sex.

There are five races in the series.  The races will take place at 10:00 a.m. in Lakewood, NY on the following Saturdays:  Jan. 3; Jan. 10; Jan. 24; Jan. 31; and Feb 14.

All series participants will receive a 2015 family membership to the Chautauqua Striders Athletic Club, a discount card good for 25% off running & walking footwear and apparel at the Jamestown Cycle Shop during 2015, and a pair of running gloves.  The top point accumulators after the final race will each receive a Jamestown Cycle Shop gift card.  Also, participants will be entered in a drawing to receive Wing City Grille gift cards after each race.

The series entry fee is $55 if received by Dec. 19 ($60 if received thereafter) resulting in an average cost of only $11 per race.  Any series participant who is an immediate family member of another participant can participate in the series for only $15 if received by Dec. 19 ($20 if received thereafter).  Runners also have the option of registering for individual races rather than the entire series.

Series sponsors include Wing City Grille, the Jamestown Cycle Shop, the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, and Michael Engdahl, JD, MS, CFP® – “fee-only” financial planner.  Proceeds from the series benefit Chautauqua Striders youth track and field programs.

Interested runners can find a series registration form and answers to frequently asked questions at  Specific questions regarding the series should be directed to Mike Engdahl at (716) 485-6913 or