1891 Run 5K bibs/runner packets available Saturday

Submitted Photo The top overall finishers in last year’s 1891 Run, shown from left: Jack Carlson, Men First Place; Aidan Van Slycke, Men Second Place; Mark Desaulniers, Men Third Place; Julie Mills, Women First Place; Amy Sells, Women Second Place; Judy Porpiglia, Women Third Place.

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Runner packets, bibs, T-shirts and swag bags will be available for all those runners and walkers who are preregistered for the 1891 Run for the Fredonia Opera House the day before the race.

Opera House Executive Director Rick Davis notes that anyone who has registered in advance for the 5K Run/Walk will be able to pick these items up this Saturday, between noon and 5 p.m. at the Opera House. “We’ll still be accepting registrations on Sunday morning — the day of the race — so having these available on Saturday afternoon for pre-registrants should make for a less chaotic race morning on Sunday; and it’ll let folks wear their run T-shirts for the race,” he said.

The run starts and ends at Barker Common in downtown Fredonia. Runners leave promptly at 9 a.m., followed immediately by walkers. Awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in each age bracket and top three male and female finishers overall.

The course begins on Day St. between Lambert and Church Streets adjacent to the Village Hall parking lot, and ends on Church St. directly in front of Village Hall. It includes portions of Temple Street, Central Avenue and Brigham Road, as well as a portion of Ring Road on the State University of New York at Fredonia campus.

Davis notes, “There is a short, small incline at the start of the course; otherwise, this is a flat, fast course. It is USATF-certified (#NY17080JG).”

Runners will follow a lead car provided by the Village of Fredonia Police Department. Walkers will be expected to complete the entire route on the sidewalk.

This event is the major fund-raiser for the Opera House this year. Funds raised from it will help support programming and general operations for the remainder of 2019.

The cost of pre-registration is $25 for adults, $15 for students (age 21 and under). Race day registration is $30 for adults, but still $15 for students. To register online, visit www.fredopera.org. Registrations also can be made by completing a registration form at the Opera House Box Office, Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. A complete schedule of Opera House events is available at www.fredopera.org.