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 another great success!
The tenth and final race was held on Saturday, March 31st. After a week of bad winter weather, we were once again blessed with sunshine, and a record crowd of 360+ (signups) filled the street.
Matthew Beveridge (17) of Meadville PA, set a torrid pace that no one could catch up to and claimed the overall victory in 17:35. 15-year old Keeley Misutka (Pittsburgh PA), took the women's gold with 20:40. Congratulations to both!
After the race, the Pirate Parrot helped entertain the crowd.
For prior scholarship winners, please check our History page.