By Scott Kindberg
Six weeks away from hosting the second annual Lucy Town Half Marathon, David Reinhardt sat inside the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena on Wednesday afternoon and happily recalled the inaugural event 10 months ago.
Donielle Charles competes in the 2013 Lucy Town Half Marathon.
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Chris Carrier of Richmond, Virginia, receives his medal following the 2013 Lucy Town Half Marathon.
Jamestown native Susan Bentley cross the finish line as the winner of the Lucy Town Half Marathon in 2013.
Lakewood native Dan Mueller crosses the finish line as the winner of the Lucy Town Half Marathon in 2013.
He couldn't help but smile.
"The start, for me, was spectacular," said Reinhardt, the director of the half-marathon and accompanying 5-kilometer road race and 5K walk/kids run. "After 18 months of planning this, and finally seeing the start and then sitting at the mile mark and seeing the waves of runners going through."
When all the waves finished - some runners needed a little over an hour while others required four times that long - it was clear the local organizing committee and its sponsors were going to do it again.
They had hundreds of reasons to do so, and Reinhardt would like to have a repeat of that participation Oct. 11 (5K race/walk/kids run) and Oct. 12 (half-marathon).
"We're very pleased with the number of runners from outside of Chautauqua County who are coming back and also the people who have registered for the first time," he said. "We just want everyone to know that the race is going forward."
To help participants prepare, the Chautauqua Striders Athletic Club is offering training programs, one at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays (at the JSB Arena) and at 7 a.m. Saturdays (at Hartley Park in Lakewood).
"Knowing there's a group there to run and train with we've always felt is beneficial," Reinhardt said. "Now is the time to make sure you're getting your distance work in and following the training program."
More race information, including registration, is available at lucyrace.com.
The half-marathon, which will have a prize purse of $4,000, also offers another reward for those who complete the 13.1-mile course - a Lucy Town finisher medal.
"The medals are collector's items," Reinhardt said. "That's something the committee has taken a very serious look at."
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"This year's medal is going to be very unique. We'll be unveiling it at the beginning of September. It's almost like a Super Bowl ring. The only way you're going to get it is if you make the 53-man roster and win in February."
Beyond the special hardware, the weekend will also include an all-day expo in JSB's Rink B on Oct. 11, wrapped around a Southern Tier Xpress hockey game and an attempt to set a grape-stomp world record. Comedy legend Bob Newhart will perform at the Reg Lenna Civic Center on Oct. 11.
"We are anticipating thousands of people, between the 5K, the kids run, the hockey game and the grape stomp," Reinhardt said. "(Participants) are going to have to go through the expo to get their tickets. It will be a great opportunity for everyone."
Helping make the Lucy Half Marathon weekend possible are Univera, the presenting sponsor, along with Jamestown Pediatrics, Shults Auto Group, Jamestown Area Medical Associates, The Legend Group, Northwest Savings Bank and WCA Hospital.
"It has the potential for a very large weekend in Jamestown," Reinhardt said.