''I think the beginner eight-week plan looks like something I can pull off..."
With eight weeks remaining until the first-ever Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5K, that was new Chautauqua Striders executive director Ben Lindquist's reaction to the race committee's release of three training programs to prepare prospective registrants for the Oct. 12-13 race weekend.
"I might regret it later, but I'm all in," said Lindquist, who is no stranger to athletics but not an experienced long-distance runner.
The inaugural event's organizers, made up of the Chautauqua Striders, Jamestown Savings Bank Arena and Lucy Desi Center for Comedy, aim to "provide ways for people to be able to say 'yes' to this event who might be wondering whether they should give it a shot," said Journey Gunderson of the Lucy Desi Center. "There's still time to say 'yes', whether it's your first half marathon or first 5K."
And that is exactly what Lindquist did.
"I taught a 'Running for Health' class for eight years at Jamestown Community College and there non-runners would train to run in a local 5K for the first time,'' he said. ''Every semester I told myself, 'Someday I'm going to run in a half marathon.' When I saw this (announced) I thought, 'maybe that will be the first one I'll run in.' Now that I'm in this position it makes perfect sense for this to be my first half marathon and cross that off of my bucket list. I hope others do the same."
Along with the Lucy Town Race committee's half marathon programs, the committee will also provide "First Time 5K" or "Couch to 5K" programs on its website, LucyRace.com.
Univera Healthcare is the presenting sponsor for the weekend's events Oct. 12 and 13, including a 5K run, a 13.1-mile half marathon, a sports expo at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena and a show headlined by comedian Martin Short.
Tickets for the Martin Short show are on sale at LucyRace.com.
The 5K run will take place on Oct. 12 and the half marathon will take place on Oct. 13.
The USATF certified course, which begins and ends in Jamestown, runs through the neighboring towns of Lakewood and Celoron. The course travels near the childhood home of Jamestown's own Lucille Ball and the Lucille Ball Memorial Park.