Be safe, enjoy the Runnin O’ the GreenNot only is the Runnin O’ the Green a prized, 32-year-old tradition in Jamestown, it is an event that lets people have fun while raising money for worthy causes. The event also has a large impact on the local economy. We think the Runnin O’ the Green is a cause worth supporting.
Not only is the Runnin O’ the Green a prized, 32-year-old tradition in Jamestown, it is an event that lets people have fun while raising money for worthy causes. The event also has a large impact on the local economy.
We think the Runnin O’ the Green is a cause worth supporting.
Before runners tread down the hill near Frontier Village and make their way through Jamestown’s bars, they are asked to pay a registration fee or a donation of $10.
Last year saw a record number of registrations, and $8,000 was donated to Camp Grassick, a summer camp for physically and mentally challenged children and adults.
Area residents battling cancer also received $7,600 from the run to help cover any costs they may have incurred during their illnesses.
This year, Runnin O’ the Green founder Larry Knoblich expects about 1,500 registered runners, which would set a new record for donations as well.
Many of the runners come from out of town and bring with them an estimated $500,000 economic impact.
Hotels are booked, restaurants will be busy and taxis will be out in fleets, which is a good thing for Jamestown businesses. The effects are felt by all.
Binge drinking is not the point, Knoblich said, and drinking alcohol is not required for anyone to participate in the run. The real point is getting out with friends, having a good time and raising money for a good cause.
We realize that there is a dark side to the run, as arrests for unlawful possession of alcohol, disorderly conduct and other crimes pick up during every run. But the benefits it brings to those who need help, and our economy, more than outweigh the drawbacks.
We ask all runners to be careful today. Do your part, register, stay safe and make this year’s Runnin O’ the Green as successful as in years before.
(Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board)