JAMESTOWN, NY – June 26, 2013 – Tickets for the legendary comedian Martin Short, who will be performing during the Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5k weekend on the evening of October 12th, will begin going on sale to the general public on July 1st at 10:00am.
Tickets will be available by calling the Reg Lenna Civic Center box office at (716)484-7070 and online at LucyRace.com. The Reg Lenna box office will be open from 10:00am-6:00pm on Monday-Friday, and 10:00am-2:00pm on Saturday beginning July 1st.
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 star-studded “five-timers club” scene in the SNL episode hosted by Justin Timberlake on March 9, 2013). Short hosted the 2012 Saturday Night Live Christmas Special, was named “Hollywood’s Most Beloved Comedian” by Vanity Fair in their January 2013 issue, and is currently working with Lorne Michaels on a new television show for NBC.
Short has also 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.
Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5k
Runners of all abilities will come to the Jamestown area on Columbus Day weekend, October 12-13 for the Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5k. Events include 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.
Univera Healthcare is the presenting sponsor for the weekend’s events. Local organizations including WCA Hospital, Jamestown Pediatrics, JAMA, and Wegmans have also signed on to sponsor the race.
Lucy Town organizers are still seeking groups or individuals to serve as event volunteers. A wide variety of positions are needed, including everything from registering athletes to providing water during the race. For more information on how to become a volunteer, visit LucyRace.com.
About the Race Organizers
Lucy Desi Center for Comedy
The Lucy Desi Center for Comedy produces the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival annually, and August 1-4, 2013 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 are available at www.LucyComedyFest.com.
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.
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.