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.
10th Annual Race for Joe. Signups now open!
This year's race will be held on Saturday, March 31st at 9:00 AM. As usual, the start will take place at 1572 King Charles Drive in the borough of Franklin Park.
Signups are now open at signmeup.com where you can find additional information about prizes, early packet pickup, etc. Sign up by March 15th for the discounted rate of $20. After that, and on race day, the fee is $25.
This year is also the final year for this event. It has been a great run of ten years! With tremendous community support and through generous donors, we will have raised over $40K in scholarship money for high school students. So come join us in celebrating our ten year anniversary and final edition of this event. It promises to be even more fun than usual with an appearance by the Pirate Parrot!
Note: If you prefer to sign up via a paper form and send in a check, you may download the form via the link below.
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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