SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY wrote -
**More than $2,000 in additional funds have been raised, bringing the combined total of donations close to Joe's $5,000 goal. Thank you to everyone for their generous contributions. Haven't donate yet? Send us over goal by donating today!**
You’ve helped him raise money, now come cheer him on. From Friday, March 28, through Saturday, March 29, retired member of the U.S. Army Brass Quintet and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music/French Horn Joe Lovinsky will run 100 miles around the Shenandoah University track and through Winchester to raise $5,000 for scholarships to help Shenandoah Conservatory French horn students.
Get Involved, Run & Cheer:
Come to the event and cheer for Joe! Festivities begin March 28, at 6:30 a.m. Join Joe at the starting line featuring the spirited Shenandoah University Pep Band and free hot chocolate. Watch Shenandoah President Tracy Fitzsimmons fire the starting pistol as Joe takes to the pavement with student athletes and fellow runners.
Interested in running a lap? Email email@example.com. Joe would love the company!
Get settled in and stay for the day. At 4:45 p.m. Joe will leave for an exciting run through downtown Winchester. Enjoy hamburgers and hotdogs at 5 p.m. followed by the return of Joe, with music by “DJ Baron,” Adam Rizor, at 6:15 p.m.. Musical performances by conservatory students at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m will delight you and inspire Joe.
Stay even later for s’mores and root for Joe throughout the night.
Can’t make it Friday? Cheer Joe to mile 100 on Saturday--he’ll need your support after a long night of running. Joe will be finishing up anytime between noon and 2 p.m., so come out in the morning to give him a lift. Stay and jam out to “DJ Baron,” Adam Rizor, and get in the spirit with a performance by the Shenandoah University cheerleaders while university athletes take to the track to help Joe run his final mile.
As the son of Haitian immigrants, Joe grew up in one of Miami’s poorest neighborhoods. Through the encouragement of his eighth-grade music teacher, he signed up for band. He immediately fell in love with the French horn and classical music. That passion became the central driving force in his life, leading him to the Juilliard School in New York. However, every day was a struggle financially. While between apartments and waiting for a student loan check to come in, he dodged security guards to sleep under a piano in one of the practice rooms. Occasionally, he slept just blocks away from Times Square in Bryant Park.
After running in several ultramarathons, Joe decided to take on the challenge of a 100-mile ultramarathon. Remembering the financial struggles he experienced as a student, he knew he wanted his 100-mile run to reflect his life’s passions: the French horn and his conservatory students.
“I thought, ‘if I’m going to put in all this work, all this effort and beat up my body this much, then I really should do it for a cause,’” said Lovinsky. “I love the horn, I love horn students, and I have a real feeling for those who are struggling financially. I know Shenandoah does all it can to assist students with scholarships and financial aid, but I just thought if I could do something to help even more, then why not do it while I’m accomplishing my 100-miler? This could be the difference between someone actually graduating and getting a degree or never getting their degree.”