Bob Newhart will join the roster of renowned comedians to visit Jamestown this year as the featured performer of the Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5K Weekend in October.
The Lucy-Desi Museum and Center for Comedy will announce today that Newhart will be showcased on the evening of Friday, Oct. 10, with a performance at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts that will kick off the annual event which includes two downtown Jamestown races and other activities.
The announcement comes only two weeks after the Lucy-Desi Center hosted its largest Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy to date, which saw approximately 13,000 in- and out-of-town attendees and featured prime comedian headliners in Jay Leno, Tom Cotter and Caroline Rhea. According to Journey Gunderson, executive director of the center, Newhart's upcoming appearance is just one more example of Jamestown's growing reputation as a hub of activity in the world of comedy.
Participants in the inaugural Lucy Town Half Marathon are pictured at the start line of the annual 13.1-mile run that courses through Jamestown and the neighboring villages of Lakewood and Celoron.
"Having a legend like Bob Newhart perform in Jamestown further proves that our city celebrates the best in comedy like no other," Gunderson said. "There is an excited buzz in the community, and we're looking forward to another great night of comedy that people will remember for years to come."
Known for his deadpan delivery and lifelong success in comedy, Newhart continues to sell out concert halls for young and old throughout America. He is highly regarded for his starring roles in the 1970s and 1980s sitcoms "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Newhart," respectively, has won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and was named one of the Top 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time by Comedy Central.
Tickets for Newhart's Oct. 10 performance at the Reg Lenna will go on sale Wednesday, and will be available through www.lucyrace.com or by calling the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts box office at 484-7070.
The 2014 Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5K Weekend is the second annual event hosted by the Lucy-Desi Center in Jamestown, and aims to promote physical and mental health. Last year's inaugural run saw more than 700 participants from 27 states, and Martin Short performed as comedy headliner to a packed house at the Reg Lenna.
Activities for this year's event will be highlighted by an attempt at breaking the world record for most people grape stomping, a 5K run/walk, a kids run, the half marathon itself and a sports expo. The 5K run/walk and kids run will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11, and the second annual Lucy Town Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, Oct. 12.
The half marathon is a USA Track and Field-certified 13.1-mile run through Jamestown and the neighboring villages of Lakewood and Celoron. Beginning and ending on Third Street in front of the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, the marathon route will take participants near Lucille Ball's childhood home in Celoron, the Lucy-Desi Museum and Center for Comedy, a fully colorized "I Love Lucy" mural painted in 2012 by the father and son team of Gary Peters Sr. and Gary Peters Jr., and the Lucille Ball Memorial Park.
Registration is currently $20 for the 5K run/walk, and $55 for the half marathon. There will be increases to the cost of registration on Sept. 10 and Oct. 10.
For more information, a schedule of events, or to register for events within the Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5K Weekend, visit www.lucyrace.com.