JAMAICA, NY(TIP): The third-annual Vaisakhi 5K race, scheduled for April 24, 2016, has increased its runner capacity to 1,000 runners. The success of last year’s race-which had a capacity of only 500 runners-and the announcement of celebrity runner Fauja Singh’s appearance have created a spectacular demand for the 2016 race. The top three finishers in each category will have the opportunity to meet and greet with Fauja Singh.
Dr. Avtar Singh Tinna, president and founder of the race, has been receiving a persistent stream of e-mails and phone calls since January inquiring about registration. “People in the community see pictures and hear from last year’s runners, and they don’t want to miss another opportunity to get involved,” Dr. Tinna explained.
In order to accommodate the increased demand, Vaisakhi 5K has allocated new and improved customer service resources. Last year, runners had the opportunity to register online or at tristate area Gurdwaras and community centers every Friday evening and Sunday morning. In addition to these two points-of-registration, this year’s runners can also register over the phone by calling (844) VAISAKHI. Phone lines will be active seven days a week, from 9:00am to 8:00pm. Registrations are live until April 22, or until the 1,000-runner capacity is reached. To streamline race-day check-in and BIB distribution, runners will not be able to register on the morning of the race. The Vaisakhi 5K staff is excited to provide additional information booths and volunteers on-site to ensure the satisfaction of all runners.