Jane Jacobs
Jane Jacobs

Entry applications are now available for the 37th Annual Jane Jacobs Memorial Firecracker 10K Walk/Run scheduled for Saturday, July 4 in Madison.

The road race, sponsored by The Madison Courier and an official Madison Regatta event, will be run in memory of Jacobs, the long-time Madison Courier publisher who spent months organizing the event annually and worked with a dedicated committee and volunteers to stage every Madison Courier 10K since the event’s inception in 1979.

When Jacobs died after a long illness on April 13, plans for the 2015 10K were already well under way and the committee and volunteers who have assisted Jacobs over the past four decades is not only ready for the 37th running but hoping to honor Jacobs for her role in making the race one of the premier running events in the region.

“The committee and a lot of other people wanted to honor mom because she’s kind of managed that race since the start,” said Jacob’s son, Curt, who is now publisher of the sponsoring Madison Courier newspaper. “We thought that was appropriate ... while she wasn’t a runner, she certainly had a long involvement with the event.”

Curt Jacobs said Jane Jacobs’ passing left a void in the Courier 10K organization but that the committee and volunteers along with some valuable newcomers have stepped up to see that the race continues the way Jane Jacobs would have wanted.

“There’s two other committee members who have been there from the start — Dick Naylor and Lou Knoble — and we have many other volunteers who have done this race for a long time so we have a lot expertise still involved,” Jacobs said. “We’ve also brought in, particularly, Sue Livers and Dave Collins. Sue is a longtime local runner and Dave is a former high school runner for Lou Knoble at Madison and he ran in college and is a former coach in high school and college who has been involved in running his entire life. They both retired recently and they’ve agreed to take a very active role in both helping bring this race together this year and I believe going forward.”

Although Jane Jacobs has been a fixture at the finish line, handing out water to runners and walkers and later awards to those runners who finished well, the goal for this year’s event is to remember Jane but not miss her absence in terms of the quality of the event.

“She did a lot but she had a lot of help. We’re finding out how much she did,” Curt Jacobs smiled. “We don’t anticipate any changes to the race. We’re expecting that it will come off in good order.”

The 2015 race will once again start at Madison Consolidated High School and, like last year, the event will begin in one wave with runners up front and walkers in the back at 8 a.m. The 6.2-mile course will finish in downtown Madison in Lytle Park at Third and West streets.

Costs are: $10 for walkers or $20 for runners with a $5 late fee for both if paid after June 26. All preregistered runners and walkers will receive a commemorative T-Shirt, an information packet and an automated timing chip that must be worn during the event and returned at the finish.

Day-of-event check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. EDT at Madison Consolidated High School, 743 Clifty Drive, Madison, IN. Custom made awards will be presented to the top runners in 15 male and 15 female 10K run age divisions as well as the overall male and female runner.

Water stations and emergency personnel will be located throughout the course.

No refunds will be issued for inclement weather and no pets will be permitted on the course.

For more information, visit The Madison Courier’s website at www.madisoncourier.com.