The Race For Joe, a 5K run/walk event in Franklin Park, is held annually in memory of Joe Guzzetti.
Joe was a graduate of North Allegheny High School in McCandless, PA. Joe was captain of the feared Quad-A North Allegheny High School football team (winners of the 2010 and 2012 state titles and a perennial contender for the AAAA/6A title). Joe was also captain of the High School's wrestling team.
On February 6, 2008, a day that stunned the community, Joe suddenly died of an epileptic seizure. He was just 24 years old. The Race For Joe is being held in Joe's memory. All proceeds benefit scholarships for graduates of North Allegheny High School. You need not excel in academics or athletics to win one of the scholarships. They are awarded to those students who best embody Joe's gentle and compassionate spirit. Joe was an egregious character whose infectuous spirit would lighten up a room and his boisterous presence would bring smiles to all. Amid all of it, Joe was no shallow character. He never lost sight of the plight of the underdogs in his life and was always first to extend a helping hand. His loss was and remains tremendous.
The First Annual Race for Joe was held April 11, 2009.
9th Annual Race for Joe
This year's race was held on Saturday, April 15th. Mild and beautiful weather greeted the crowd of over 300 runners, walkers and volunteers. The men's trophy went to 16-year old Stephen Nalepa with a time of 18:36 while Kristen Wisse became our first ever repeat winner by topping the women's field with a time of 20:43.
We are proud to announce these winners of $3,000 scholarships:
Daniel Lebovitz. In his nomination letter, Sharon Volpe states: "Each year, a student always emerges as someone who is in control of what is going on in the building. I always call this particular student "The mayor". This year, Danny is clearly our mayor. He is an amazing positive force to other students".
Zack Abel. Jennifer Rosato writes: "Zack deserves this award, not only because he is a responsible, motivated, compassionate young man, but because he exemplifies the epitome of maintaining a positive attitude amidst the obstacles in his life".
We congratulate these well-deserved winners and wish them the best of luck!
For prior scholarship winners, please check our History page.
Race Day Information
Start/Finish/Check-In: the race start, finish and packet pickup area are all at the same place, the corner of Sandhurst and King Charles Drive in the Borough of Franklin Park. If you want to program your GPS, the address is 1572 King Charles Drive (Google Map)
Parking: the best approach to the start is to take Rochester Rd to Sandhurst Drive and follow Sandhurst; you will be greeted by a volunteer who will help you find a place to park. Please avoid parking on King Charles Drive as this is part of the race course.
Race Course: the 3.1 mile course through Brook Park straddles the boroughs of Franklin Park and McCandless. There are some nice downhills in the course, so enjoy them while you can.
Race for Joe
103 Locust Ct
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
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