Originally airing Friday, Oct. 5, 2016.
WRFA Public Affairs Director Jason Sample talks with Journey Gunderson, executive director of the National Comedy Center and Lucy Desi Museum about the 2016 Lucytown Half Marathon & 5K. Gunderson provides details of the event, including registration information as well as details on the headline performer, Tammy Pescatelli.
Both the 2016 Lucy Town Half Marathon and Univera Kids 2K will take place on October 9. In addition, the Lucy Town 5K will take place on October 8. The race weekend is held annually in Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown. For the fourth consecutive year, Univera Healthcare is the presenting sponsor for the weekend’s events.
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 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.
The weekend is a program of the National Comedy Center, which also produces the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and operates the year-round Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum.
In addition to the races, comedian Tammy Pescatelli will be appearing in Jamestown for a performance at the Willow Bay Theater on October 8.
Arguably one of the hardest working women in comedy today, Tammy Pescatelli’s most recent one-hour special, the top downloaded, Finding The Funny (available on Netflix & iTunes) is just one of her new and noteworthy endeavors. Tammy brings brassy sexiness with a female voice of witty sarcasm to her audiences, holding her own on the topics of sports, television, dating and family life using tongue-in-cheek humor. She has had recent appearances on The View and The Howard Stern Show and was chosen by Jenny McCarthy & Donnie Wahlberg to be a part of their Dirty, Sexy, Funny franchise that included a hilarious all-female slate of standup comedians comedy special on EPIX/Hulu, a touring show and a pilot for A&E.
Tickets to the October 8th performance ($17.50) are now on-sale by calling 716.484.0800, or visiting www.lucyrace.com. Registration information on the 2016 Lucy Town Half Marathon is also available by visiting www.lucyrace.com.