SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY wrote -
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. Not for a medal, but to raise $10,000 for scholarships to help Shenandoah Conservatory French horn students.
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.”
- Start your own team to help fundraise and run
- Run with Joe
- Come to the event and cheer for Joe