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YPJ 5K Run/Walk is Saturday

Fitness and fundraising for civic projects will unite in the Young Professionals of Jamestown 5K Run/Walk Saturday.

"It's a fun, casual affair. We're there to have fun and we're there to make exercise fun," said Lisa Hicks, communications program coordinator with the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce.

Fifty-eight people age 7 to 70 registered for the first YPJ 5K last year, Hicks said, and the group hopes to have as many or more register for this year's event on Saturday.

The run/walk starts at Ave Maria Village, with registration at 7 a.m. and the run/walk itself beginning at 8 a.m.

Registration costs $25, and includes a T-shirt, water bottle and participation ribbon. People can register from 7 to 8 a.m. Saturday or in advance - forms are available at www.jamestowncham, by emailing lisa@jamestowncham or by calling 252-4830.

The fastest male and fastest female runners will receive awards, and people who want their runs timed can have them timed, too.

The run/walk route goes behind Ave Maria to Lakeside Marina and back. The course is marked, and YPJ members will also be on the route. An emergency medical technician will be at the event in case of a medical problem, Hicks said.

The 5K event was started to help combat obesity and promote healthy habits, fitness and well-being in the Jamestown area, Hicks said.

Money from the event goes to YPJ's civic projects, such as a community integration program designed to welcome young professionals to the community, encouraging them to stay in town, and the YPJ's Business of the Month program.

The run/walk also serves to make people more aware of the Young Professionals of Jamestown in general.

"Young people in town are involved in the community and do care about the community," Hicks said.

While there were many walkers last year, more people ran the course than walked it, Hicks said, adding that young people do make an effort to exercise or work out daily.

"It's fun! And it's for a good reason, it's for a good cause, and they'd be supporting young professionals in Jamestown."

Sun reporter Kari Lucin can be reached at 701-952-8453 or by email at