JAMESTOWN, NY – April 23, 2013 – Chautauqua Striders, the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, and the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy are proud to announce that legendary comedian Martin Short will be the featured performance for Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5k weekend. Short will take his critically-acclaimed act to the stage of the Reg Lenna Civic Center on October 12th at 7:30pm.
Short is widely known for his work in comedy, particularly through Second City Television and Saturday Night Live, where he is both a former-cast member and a three-time host (which recently earned him a spot in the 5-timers club in the SNL episode hosted by Justin Timberlake). He has starred in such iconic comedy films as Three Amigos, Mars Attacks!, Father of the Bride Parts I and II, and has created the characters of Jiminy Glick and Ed Grimley.
Most recently, Short hosted the Saturday Night Live Christmas 2012 Special, was named by Vanity Fair in their January 2013 issue as “Hollywood’s Most Beloved Comedian”, and is working with Lorne Michaels to create a new television show on NBC.
“I’ve personally talked to a number of people about comedians they would be interested in seeing,” said Kurt Silcott, CEO for the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. “People locally, people in Buffalo and places within driving distance. I’ve mentioned a number of names, but one name always came back a winner; every person I asked has told me that they would go to great lengths to see Martin Short. I recall him in the movie ‘Innerspace’ and I’m excited that he will be performing right here in Jamestown, NY. I think we’ll have people register for the race, simply to get the inside track to get tickets to his performance. We’ve seen the success of our Friday night comedy and I believe that Jamestown has a thirst for comedy.”
“Martin Short is one of those rare entertainers I can mention to my son, my husband, and my father and all of them want tickets,” said Deb Kathman, executive director for Chautauqua Striders. “His popularity crosses generations, which will make for a really fun show.”
An exclusive pre-sale window is available to registered race participants ONLY from now until June 31st by visiting LucyRace.com or calling the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy at (716)484-0800 during regular office hours (Monday-Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 11am-4pm). Registrants will be able to buy up to 8 tickets at a time by entering a code received via e-mail after registering for either the 5k or half marathon online. Race registration is also available at LucyRace.com.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 1st at 10:00am.
“Martin Short is one of the great entertainers of our era,” said Journey Gunderson, executive director for the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy. “He’s a legend. The chance to see him live in Jamestown, New York is once-in-a-lifetime.”
Runners of all abilities will come to the Jamestown area on October 12-13 (Columbus Day Weekend) for a weekend of events including a 5k run, a 13.1-mile half marathon, a sports expo at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, and a “Night of Comedy” featuring Martin Short. The 5k run will take place on October 12, and the half marathon will take place on October 13. The goal of the weekend is to promote a healthy lifestyle and the Jamestown area.
The USATF certified course, which begins and ends in Jamestown, runs through the neighboring towns of Lakewood and Celeron. The course travels near the childhood home of Jamestown’s own Lucille Ball and the Lucille Ball Memorial Park.
David Reinhardt, competition director for Chautauqua Striders with 20 years expertise as a coach and track & field event organizer, will be consulting with USATF road racing colleagues from across the nation to put on a first class race in Jamestown. Reinhardt has organized many large athletic events, and as the Entry and Results Chair of the 2003 USATF Athletics National Championships in Buffalo, NY, he oversaw the first ever online entry for over 2,000 athletes.
Univera Healthcare is the presenting sponsor for the weekend’s events.
Lucy Town organizers are still seeking groups or individuals to serve as event volunteers. No running experience necessary as there are a wide variety of roles needed for the weekend event. Positions may be available for a wide array of skills and interest, ranging from registering athletes and distributing information, to providing course side refreshments at water and food stations. For more information or to sign up please visit www.LucyRace.com
About the Race Organizers
Lucy Desi Center for Comedy
Lucy’s hometown of Jamestown, NY has honored the legacy of “The First Couple of Comedy” with its renowned museum attraction since 1996. Tripling in size in 2006, the mission of the museum and center for comedy is to preserve the legacy of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and enrich the world through the healing powers of love and laughter through its commitment to the development of the comedic arts. The Lucy Desi Center for Comedy produces the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival annually, and will feature performances by Bill Engvall, Kathleen Madigan, a “Comics to Watch” showcase of upcoming comedians presented by Pandora, the leads from the touring stage show hit I Love Lucy® Live on Stage, three nights of late-night comedy in the Tropicana Room that will be co-produced by Rooftop Comedy and recorded as a live comedy album, Lucille Ball’s former personal secretary Wanda Clark, the GI’s of Comedy, Summer Wind Cruises, and Gregg Oppenheimer’s Live Lucy Radio Play. Tickets for these events, and more, will be available at LucyComedyFest.com starting April 24th.
Originally founded in 1979 as a local track club, Chautauqua Striders has since developed into a multi-faceted community organization, proudly offering diversified programs that incorporate its mission to “mentor and guide youth through education, advocacy and athletics.” The not-for-profit agency, based in Jamestown, New York, provides tutoring, mentoring, outreach and athletic programs to more than 2,000 Chautauqua County youth annually. The goal of Chautauqua Striders is to help youth graduate high school inspired with the knowledge, skills, and confidence required for successful college and career experiences.
Chautauqua Striders has 15 years of experience managing and timing road races and regional track & field competitions.
Jamestown Savings Bank Arena
The Jamestown Savings Bank Arena opened its doors in 2002 as a centralized community center in downtown Jamestown. The twin pad ice facility had an original focus on ice sports, primarily hockey and figure skating, but has widened its goals to become a multipurpose sports and entertainment venue.
Over the years, the not-for-profit organization has produced a variety of events including family shows, concerts and in 2011, hosted preliminary games for the IIHF World Jr. Hockey Championships. Most recently, JSBA was featured on NBC’s national telecast of the Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular, which was recorded at the Arena last December.
The Jamestown Arena is also home to the Jamestown Ironmen, who compete in the North American Hockey League. JSBA has also broadened its horizons with the addition of turf sports to its programming along with a free outdoor concert series throughout the summer. The Arena seeks to move forward with new ideas, an expanded selection of programming and entertainment, but still prides itself on being a community center for Jamestown’s youth and families alike.