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18th Annual Blacksmith Run Set for July 4

The 18th annual J.P. Blecksmith Memorial 5K Walk & Run is slated for Monday, July 4, at 8 a.m. on the northwest corner of San Marino Avenue and Huntington Drive.

The 2022 event marks the first in-person race since 2019 and honors the memory of United States Marine Corps 2nd Lt. J.P. Blecksmith, a former San Marino resident, who gave his life on Nov. 11, 2004, during Operation Iraqi Freedom II in Fallouja, Iraq.

The proceeds of the event benefit the J.P. Blecksmith Leadership Foundation, which supports Blecksmith’s memory through various causes in the San Gabriel Valley, including Flintridge Prep, where he graduated high school in 1999. A scholarship is awarded annually in his name to a deserving rising senior.

The foundation also supports the USC Marshall School of Business Masters of Business for Veterans program, a fully accredited one-year graduate degree created specifically for military veterans, those on active duty and reserve personnel.

The cost of the event is $30, which includes an official race T-shirt and commemorative finisher’s medallion. Registration is available at jpb5k2022.racewire.com or on race day beginning at 6:45 a.m. and closing at 7:45 a.m.

For more information, email alexblecksmith@gmail.com.

  • Sponsoring Organization: J.P. Blecksmith
  • Location or Venue: Northwest corner of San Marino ave. and Huntington dr.