The Race For Joe, a 5K run/walk event in Franklin Park, was held annually for ten years from 2009 through 2018 in memory of Joe Guzzetti. The 2018 edition was the final installment.
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 was held in Joe's memory. All proceeds would benefit scholarships for graduates of North Allegheny High School. Students did need not to excel in academics or athletics to win one of the scholarships. They were awarded to those students who best embodied 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.
Final Scholarships Awarded!
This year's proud scholarship winners are Luke Trueman and Ian Truesdell. Both took home a check for $3,000 to help with college expenses.
NA's Educators had ample praise for both young men.
About Luke Trueman:
While Luke is smart academically and performs well athletically, his achievements pale in comparison to the genuine person he is. If you are looking to award a student who embodies the authentic positivity, true spirit, and open optimism of Joseph Guzzetti I encourage you to look no further than Luke Trueman.
And about Ian Truesdell:
Ian Truesdell is the "total package", and I am thrilled to recommend him for the Joseph Guzzetti Memorial Scholarship. Between his warm, gregarious personality and his variety of extracurricular activities, he truly stands out to me as one of the most well rounded students with whom I work.
We congratulate both winners and wish them success in their studies.
For prior scholarship winners, please check our History page.