The 2013 Chautauqua Striders Winter 5K Series is scheduled to begin on Jan. 5.
The series is a handicap age-graded race series. Age-grading levels the playing field for all runners and provides each runner with the percentage value of an "ideal" or best time for his or her age and sex.
There are five races in the series. The races will take place at 10 a.m. in Lakewood on the following Saturdays: Jan. 5, Jan. 12, Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and Feb. 16.
All race participants will receive a 2013 family membership to the Chautauqua Striders Running & Walking Club and a discount card good for 25 percent off running and walking footwear and apparel at the Jamestown Cycle Shop during 2013. The top-point accumulators after the final race will each receive a Jamestown Cycle Shop gift card.
Also, participants will be entered in a drawing to receive Wing City Grille gift cards after each race.
The series entry fee is $55 if received by Dec. 28 ($60 if received thereafter) resulting in an average cost of less than $12 per race. Any participant who is an immediate family member of another participant can participate in the series for only $15 if received by Dec. 28 ($20 if received thereafter).
Series sponsors include Wing City Grille, the Jamestown Cycle Shop and Michael Engdahl, Attorney at Law. Proceeds from the series benefit Chautauqua Striders youth track and field programs.