Register and be safe for Runnin O’ the GreenThe Runnin O’ the Green is one of the most well-attended events in Jamestown. Run participants boost local businesses, spending money on all kinds of “runs” — beer runs, midnight snack runs, etc.
The Runnin O’ the Green is one of the most well-attended events in Jamestown. Run participants boost local businesses, spending money on all kinds of “runs” — beer runs, midnight snack runs, etc.
While we’re grateful for the economic pot of gold, let’s not forget: the Runnin O’ the Green is a charitable event. Registration isn’t required. That’s why the 3,500 participants last year raised about $18,000. Had all the runners registered, the event could have raised $35,000 for good causes like Elks Camp Grassick and helping local residents affected by cancer. Last year alone, the event gave $400 to each of 15 residents.
Elks Camp Grassick is a summer camp for children who’ve probably never been to one. It caters to physically and mentally challenged young people and adults. Campers participate in various summer events including arts and crafts, swimming, hay rides and talent shows.
So sign up for the Run, pay the (minimal) $10 fee and help make a difference while you have a good time.
Shady’s at the Gladstone Inn & Suites allows early sign-up Friday. And Frontier Fort takes registrations before the 2 p.m. start time Saturday. Or if you run into event organizer Larry Knoblich (you’ll know him by his shamrock vest and leprechaun hat) before the Run, register with him in person.
Knoblich organized the first Run in 1978. It was a humble start with 23 participating. In its 33 years, the event has grown to attract people from all over the United States.
So no matter what distance you’re coming from, be sure to register. And as always, stay safe and don’t drink and drive.
(Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board)