The National Comedy Center announced more than 700 runners participated last weekend in the third annual Lucy Town Half Marathon, 5K and Univera Kids 2K, including runners from 24 different states. Additionally, stand-up up comedian Joy Behar performed in front of a packed house at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.
Greg Selke, 25, of North Chili, and Trisha Byler, 31, of Rochester, were the top male and female runners for the 13.1-mile half marathon, which took place Sunday morning. For full results, photos, and information on next year's event, visit www.lucyrace.com.
"I decided I needed to come, but wanted to come when there was something fun to do," said Donna Sheehan, who traveled from Winter Haven, Florida. "I follow what's happening in Jamestown via Facebook and thought, 'This is it; this is what I need to do.' "
The race weekend is held annually in Lucille Ball's hometown of Jamestown. For the third consecutive year, Univera Healthcare was the presenting sponsor for the weekend's events.
"What brought us to Jamestown is I'm a huge Lucy fan. I'm a soon-to-be seven-year cancer survivor and I thought, 'Why not take the opportunity and do something I've never done before?' " said a woman who traveled from Chicago.
The Lucy Town Half Marathon & 5K race weekend has attracted participants from across the country annually since its creation in 2013, including both elite runners and Lucy fans alike. The inaugural year was headlined by Martin Short and, during the 2014 race weekend, Jamestown welcomed comedian Bob Newhart and paid tribute to the iconic "I Love Lucy" grape-stomping scene as 1,232 people set a new world record for most people treading grapes.
California, Oregon, Washington and Arizona were just a few of the states represented by runners during the weekend.
The weekend is a program of the National Comedy Center Inc., which also produces the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival (www.lucycomedyfest.com) and operates the year-round Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum (www.lucy-desi.com).