Don't be a pumkin! Get ready for the Jack O'Lantern Jog
Plans are underway for the 18th annual Jamestown Jack O' Lantern Jog 5K Road Race. This year's USA Track and Field-sanctioned road race is set for Sunday, Oct. 29. It starts downtown and winds its way through the streets of Jamestown with the finish line in front of the Community Center.
In keeping with the Halloween theme, participants are encouraged to dress in their favorite costumes. Prizes will be awarded in categories such as Best Costume, Fastest Costumed Runner, Best Youth Costume (18 and younger), Hardest Costume to Run In, Best Duo, Best Jamestown Themed Costume, and Best Group Costume (three or more).
Awards will also be given out to the top three men and women as well as the first male and female in each division. The divisions are broken into age groups Peewee (10-12), Junior (13-18), Open (19-39), Master (40-49), Senior (50- 59), Veteran (60 plus), and VIP (70 plus). No running awards will be given to children under 10 years old. Each entrant will receive a free Jack O' Lantern Jog T-shirt.
This family-oriented event is open to walkers as well as runners. No baby strollers or pets will be allowed in the race.
A free raffle will be held after the race for all participants, with raffle items that have been donated by local businesses. This year's race is sponsored by World Trophies, Crystal Springs, the Jamestown Press, Runner's World magazine, and Spinnakers Café.
Registration and check-in will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Jamestown Community Center located on Conanicus Avenue. The race will start at 1 p.m.
The entry fee is $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the race. All early registration must be received by Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Community Center. Printable registration forms are available at www.jamestownri.net/rec/rec. html.
Proceeds from this year's Jack O'Lantern Jog will be used to make improvements to the Community Center. Entry forms are available at the Community Center and various locations around Jamestown. Volunteers are also needed during the race. For more information or an entrance form call Keith at 423-7260 or e-mail kanderson@ jamestownri.net.