JAMESTOWN, NY – October 10, 2016 – The National Comedy Center’s Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum has announced that 26 states and five countries, including Guatemala, Mexico, Canada and Australia, were represented at the fourth annual Lucy Town Half Marathon, 5K & Univera Kids 2K. Comedian Tammy Pescatelli headlined the weekend in Jamestown, New York, performing at the Willow Bay Theater.
“We are extremely pleased with our national and international turnout this year,” said David Reinhardt, race director for the Lucy Town race weekend. “Our race is becoming a destination for runners from across the country, and we’re thrilled to invite them to see the great things that are happening in Jamestown and surrounding region.”
The 2016 Lucy Town 5K Run/Walk took place on October 8, and the Lucy Town Half Marathon and Univera Kids 2K each took place on October 9. The race weekend is held annually in Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, NY, and has been headlined by Martin Short, Joy Behar, and Bob Newhart. The 2016 weekend featured comedian, Tammy Pescatelli.
Pescatelli, who emceed the 2011 Guinness World Record for the most people dressed as Lucy Ricardo, performed material from her most recent one-hour special, the top-downloaded comedy movie, “Finding The Funny” (available on Netflix & iTunes) as well as content from a forthcoming new title.
For the fourth consecutive year, Univera Healthcare presented the race weekend and comedy show. Local support for the race weekend was also provided by WCA Hospital, Shults Auto Group, The Legend Group, and Wegmans.
“I did the inaugural Lucy Town Half Marathon in 2013 and got third, and wanted to come back and try and win,” said Chris Carrier, top male half marathon finisher from Henrico, Virginia. “I like this race because it’s flat and cool, and the weather’s been nice.”
“I like this race,” said Brooke Adams, top female half marathon finisher from Randolph, New York. “It feels good because I have a lot of friends here and I like to support them and see them on the course. It’s nice to have spectators watching too.”
The Lucy Town Half Marathon & 5K race weekend has drawn participants from across the country annually since its inception in 2013, attracting elite runners and Lucy fans alike to its USA Track & Field certified course lined with quotes from comedians. In 2014, participants set a new Guinness World Record for the most people stomping grapes as 1,232 people paid tribute to the iconic “I Love Lucy” grape stomping scene.
In 2016, a couple from San Diego, California won the 13.1 mile run’s costume contest, depicting Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, complete with chocolates and conveyor belt.
The National Comedy Center, Inc. embodies Lucille Ball’s original vision for her hometown of Jamestown to become a destination for the celebration all of the comedic arts, not just a celebration of her own legacy. The organization operates the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, and for the last 25 years has produced the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival with performers including Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Joan Rivers, Ray Romano, Ellen DeGeneres, Bob Newhart, Paula Poundstone, The Smothers Brothers and more than 100 other comedic artists.