The JP Blecksmith Memorial 5K is the signature event hosted by the JP Blecksmith Leadership Foundation. The Foundation was created to perpetuate the legacy and honor the life and sacrifice of J.P. Blecksmith; a Marine 2nd Lieutenant who was killed in Fallujah, Iraq on November 11, 2004, while leading his Marines in support of Operation Phantom Fury.
The event's proceeds and other donations go towards supporting several memorial scholarships. In addition, we have supported veterans’ memorials around the San Gabriel Valley. Our reach is any other similar charitable matter or organization to perpetuate and to honor the legacy of J.P. Blecksmith through public charitable works.
Our mission is to keep his memory and legacy of leadership alive.
Kick off your 4th of July celebration by participating in EITHER an in-person 5K run/jog/walk through the beautiful City of San Marino OR virtually by completing the 5K anytime from Friday, July 1 at 6:00 AM PST and Monday, July 4 at 11:59 PM PST.
Either way, go enjoy some fresh air and celebrate America's Birthday, the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces and reflect on our many Freedoms.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT 'IN-PERSON' OPTION
Please note this course is NOT a closed course. While we will have police monitoring the course, we encourage you all to exercise extreme caution while out on the course.
You can view the course map below or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://jpblecksmith.org/course_map.html"
Bib Number & T-Shirt Pick-Up on July 3rd
This year we are offering race number and t-shirt pickup on July 3rd – time and location TBD but will be communicated to registered participants. We strongly encourage all participants to take this opportunity to avoid the lines on the morning of the 4th.
Bib Number & T-Shirt Pick-Up on Race Day
If you are unable to pick up your bib number and T-shirt on July 3rd, you can do so on race day starting at 6:45 AM. We encourage you to give yourself plenty of time to park, pick-up your bib number and shirt, and proceed to the start line. As a reminder, the race will start at 8:00 AM.
Race Day Registration
If you do not register online, you can still register for the 5K on race day. Race day registration will begin at 6:45 AM and conclude at 7:45 AM. Race Day registration will be available in the parking lot near the finish line on the northwest corner of San Marino Avenue and Huntington Drive. Please give yourself plenty of time to park, register, and get to the start line if you plan to register on race day.
We will be utilizing our post-race time to announce the top 3 overall male and female runners, thank our sponsors and participants, and give participants time to check out our sponsors' booths and mingle with other participants prior to continuing with their 4th of July festivities.
VIRTUAL OPTION DETAILS
Here is how it works –
1. Sign-up for the Virtual 5K, using the link below.
2. Complete your 5K (3.1 miles) between Friday, July 1 at 6:00 AM PST and Monday, July 4 at 11:59 PM PST.
3. Submit your time, using the link below.
- You will have an option to confirm your time with a link to your fitness tracker
4. Post any photos you take using the hashtag #JPB5K2022 [Show us your Finisher Photo]
Tips for your Virtual 5K –
1. Plan your course ahead of time – Consider a loop, an out-and-back or using an app like Strava to plan your route.
2. Tell someone about your race or run with someone! – It establishes accountability to complete it!
3. Run when it works for you – You have a weekend to complete the 5K, so plan for weather, traffic, and crowds.
4. Have fun! – You are exercising, enjoying a holiday weekend, and supporting a good cause!
WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH YOUR REGISTRATION?
- An exclusive JP Blecksmith Memorial Virtual 5K Official Race Shirt (super soft cotton blend with this year's logo)
- A commemorative finisher’s medal
A note on the t-shirts and finisher medals – available while supplies last. Your best chance to secure a t-shirt is to pre-register. T-shirts will be sent out to Virtual 5K participants approximately two to three weeks after the event.
SUBMIT YOUR RESULTS (VIRTUAL RUNNERS)
Once you have completed your 5K, submit your results to see how you match up to other virtual participants!
Times must be submitted by Monday, July 4 at 11:59 PM PST to be eligible as a ‘Finisher’.
Submit your results HERE
*Note: This form will close at 11:59pm on July 4th and will not reopen.
We will be awarding race finishers with commemorative medallions while supplies last. (Note: To receive a medallion, you must be a registered participant with a visible bib number). We will announce and award the overall top three male and female finishers (IN-PERSON ONLY) during our post race ceremony. We will not be providing awards for age group winners.
Connect with us on Instagram @JPBLF for updates, features, pictures and results.
Tag your personal 5K photos with #JPB5K2022