The number of people who will attend the April 17 Runnin O' the Green this year is an unknown, said Jamestown Mayor Dwaine Heinrich, who is one of the organizers of the event through the Elks Club.
"It is a month later than normal, we could see more or less," he said.
The 2019 Runnin O' the Green attracted about 1,500 people to Jamestown. This was down from previous years when crowds were tallied at nearly 2,000 people.
The 2020 edition of the Runnin O' the Green was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year's event was pushed back a month to provide more time for vaccinations, said Larry Knoblich, event founder and organizer.
"All people eligible for the run are eligible for the COVID shots," he said. "... I assume common sense will prevail and the bars will keep as many customers in the great outdoors as possible to minimize the risk."
Heinrich said the vaccination effort in the region has gone well.
"A huge number of people have been vaccinated," he said. "Hopefully, people in the (hospitality) industry have gotten vaccinated."
Heinrich said the city of Jamestown was monitoring the COVID situation and hoped people will use the appropriate precautions for the coronavirus and general safety during the event.
"We want them to behave themselves as much as possible and still have a good time," he said.
One of the traditions of the Runnin O' the Green is the dedication of the event to a local community leader. Last year, the dedication was planned for the family of Jack Brown and Knoblich said that honor will be carried forward to this year.
The late Jack Brown was director of Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department many years ago when the Runnin O' the Green changed its route to pass through McElroy Park, Knoblich said in a March 2020 interview.
"When we started the Run the park system wasn't in the loop," Knoblich said. "When we changed to the present route, Jack said the park department would do all it could to help out."
Cassie Stratford, a granddaughter of Jack Brown who was fighting cancer at the time, was the first to receive a donation from the proceeds of the first Run.
"Generations of the Brown family have supported this," Knoblich said. "Even now the family is very supportive."
As always, funds raised by the event will be used to help sponsor the Elks Camp Grassick and to provide assistance to people battling cancer, Knoblich said.
Heinrich said the run comes at a good time to provide assistance to the hospitality industry in Jamestown.
"Hopefully it provides a shot in the arm for hotels and bars," he said. "Those businesses have had a tough time this year and this may make a difference for some of them."