2017: The Ninth Annual Race for Joe
The 9th Annual Race for Joe was held on Saturday, April 15th, 2017. 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!
2016: The Eighth Annual Race for Joe
The 8th Annual Race for Joe was held on March 26th, 2016. With nearly 350 entries, another very successful event! Despite this year's early race date, weather during the actual race was bright and sunny (if a little chilly). 24-year old Ryan O'Dowd (Baden, PA) took home the Men's trophy, setting a course record (17:28) in the process. Kristen Wisse (35, from Laurel, MD) took the Women's cup with a time of 20:57.
Scholarships for 2016
This year's scholarships were again presented during NASH graduation rehearsal. The deserving winners were Savannah Chae and Michael Rudolph. They each received a check for $3,000 to help with the first-year cost of college. Congratulations to both!
2015: The Seventh Annual Race for Joe
The Seventh Annual Race for Joe was held on April 4th, 2015, Joe's 32nd Birthday. With more than 300 entries, another very successful event! Despite the threat of rain and/or snow, weather stayed dry and very cold. Mark Palchak (19:51) and Dawn Murphy (21:30) took home the trophies in Male and Female categories, respectively.
Once again the Scholarship Selection Committee found two extremely worthy recipients for this year's Scholarships. Maryann Motta and Harley Hartle each received $2,000 towards college. Here are a few excerpts of what North Allegheny educators wrote about each:
- Maryann is mature, understanding, and relentless in her pursuit of her education but never in a negative tone and never without a smile. On top of dealing with her own (learning) disability, Maryann has had to step up early and often in her young life to support both of her parents who are legally blind.
- Harley never really knew his parents. His aunt and uncle became his parents, and they abused him along with his two brothers. It has been amazing to see him not only survive, but thrive in physical education class, and in life. He has inspired others to strive toward their goals and realize their blessings.
Again, our congratulations to Maryann and Harley!
2014: The Sixth Annual Race for Joe
The sixth annual Race for Joe was held on April 19th, 2014.
As has become the norm, the weather cooperated and we were blessed with a perfect cool sunny day with temps around 50 degrees.
Once again the Scholarship Selection Committee found two extremely worthy recipients for this year's Scholarships. Oluwaseun Idowu and Lisa DiFalco each received $2,000 towards college. Here are a few excerpts of what North Allegheny educators wrote about each:
- I have never met a student who so perfectly captures Joseph Guzzetti's description as a "gregarious person who is full of life".
- Olawaseun, with his infectious smile, with his overt glee, with his obvious love of live, makes NA better.
- Lisa's upbeat attitude and positive influence on those around her are assets to any environment she is a part of.
Again, our congratulations to Seun and Lisa!
2013: The Fifth Annual Race for Joe
The fifth annual edition of this event was held on March 30th, 2013. Winter weather took a short break and despite below freezing early morning temperatures, race time conditions were just about perfect, and the crowd enjoyed the bright blue skies.
Because of generous past donations and sponsor support, we were able to increase the scholarships to $2,000 each. This year's winners are Ali Juliano and Liam Dadey. Ali will be attending Penn State and Liam is enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh. Congratulations to both winners!
Other activities during the past year:
2012: the Fourth Annual Race for Joe
The fourth annual Race for Joe was held on April 7th, 2012. Once again we had over 200 registered runners, and sunny skies were with us. Two $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Dante Denillo and Alexandrea Kepple.
2011: the Third Annual Race for Joe
The third annual Race for Joe was held on April 23rd, 2011. Despite heavy rains all week long leading up to race day, it stayed dry during the event. 182 runners crossed the finish line and once again we were able to award two $1,000 scholarships. This year's outstanding winners were Michael Buchert (football) and Travis Speicher (wrestling).
2010: the Second Annual Race for Joe
The second edition of the Race for Joe was a great success, with 202 finishers. Thanks to generous donations from sponsors and individuals, we were able to award two $1,000 scholarships. This year's winners are Daniel Pegher (wrestling) and Ryan Ruppert (basketball).
2009: the Inaugural Race for Joe
2009 was the first annual Race For Joe. We are certainly planning to make this a long-lasting annual event!
Community support has been excellent so far.
"This event will have a positive impact on our community", said Franklin Park Borough Manager Ambrose Rocca in an e-mail, adding "We wish you every success in sponsoring this memorial race and recognizing the life of Joseph Guzzetti".
Brook Park Civic Association President Dan Lutz, himself an accomplished runner, agreed, saying: "This is a great way for Brook Park to give back something to the community".
We are also pleased to announce the winners of two $1,000 scholarships, awarded to those applicants who best represented Joe's spirit of teamwork. They are Canaan Colwick (rowing) and Dawn Murphy (soccer). Congratulations to both!