2020 Joey's Wings 5K and Kids Obstacle Challenge (Postponed to Fall)

Sat March 14, 2020 Gainesville, FL 32606 US Directions

5k Run/walk (ages 13+)

8:30AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT

5k Run/walk (12 & under)

8:30AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT

1 Mile Kids Obstacle Challenge

8:45AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT

Tshirt only (in person pick up)

7:30AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT

Tshirt only (mail to you)

7:30AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT
Santa Fe College, Building O, Charles R. Perry Construction Institute
3000 NW 83rd Street
Gainesville, FL US 32606
6th annual Joey's Wings 5K run/walk will be on March 14th, 2020
When you run/walk with us, you will be creating awareness and give HOPE to the 43 children and their families that are diagnosed every day. The obstacle course represent the obstacles that children with cancer have to overcome during treatment: chemo, radiation, pills, testing... 
Joey's Wings Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit charity, was established in 2014 in the memory of Joey, a 10-year-old boy who loved to run, but was taken from us by childhood cancer on Nov. 26, 2014. 100% of all donations made will be used towards research and treatment options, parents support and advocacy. This year, proceeds will go to Charlie, who is fighting medulloblastoma, a malignant type of brain tumor. Read more about his story below.
Race day registration and packet pick up begins at 7:30 AM. T-shirts will be first come first serve for race day registrants.
The 1-mile obstacle challenge and 5k are two separate routes. Obstacle challenge starts about 10 minutes after the 5k.


Registration fees will increase $5 after pre-registration ends on Feb 29
5k (chip timed, ages 13+):                                    $25
5k (chip timed, 12 and under):                              $20
Kids 1 Mile Obstacle Challenge (3 and up):         $20

Highlights of this year's run:

  • A cross country 5k route

  • Huge open area with plenty of parking

  • Chip timed

  • An improved competitive children's obstacle challenge

  • Race announcer: Fitz Koehler, one of the premier race announcers in America, hosting some of the largest and most prestigious races from coast to coast. 

  • Free shirt and medal

  • Family fun of bounce house, face-painting, etc.

  • A post-run party with live music, food from local restaurants and awards ceremony

  • Shirt logo designed by 14-year-old twins, international and national award winning artists Max and Louis Boyang

Package pick up is on March 13, Friday from 5-7pm at Fit2Run at the Oaks Mall.
Race Contact Info
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Race logo

We’re thrilled and honored to have 2020 Joey's Wings 5k & Kids Obstacle Challenge logo designed by Boyang Twin Brothers Art, 14-Year-Old International and National Award Winning Artists ​Max Boyang & Louis Boyang! Their artwork have been exhibited in fine art galleries across the country. Max and Louis have had five solo exhibitions in the past three years. In 2016, they donated the sales of their artwork to Joey’s Wings. You can see their works at http://www.boyangtwins.com/index.html


Charlie's journey

In the middle of May 2019, five year old Charlie had a brain tumor. He underwent surgery to remove the 5cm tumor located in the posterior fossa region of the brain and thankfully, the entire tumor was removed. Charlie was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a malignant type of brain tumor. For the first ~1.5 months after surgery, he developed Posterior Fossa Syndrome. Charlie was unable to talk, walk, swallow, or communicate for over a month after his surgery. Charlie was hospitalized for a total of almost 5 months during which time he received 3 rounds of the initial chemotherapy regimen followed by a fourth round of high dose chemotherapy. The side effects of the high dose chemo required an autologous stem cell transplant which occurred in early September. Charlie's post-treatment MRI scan of the brain and spine in October was clean! Charlie is home now and doing well.  He continues to receive outpatient physical and occupational therapy and he is looking forward to returning to school soon!


Awards and Results

Awards will be at 10:15 AM. There are three age groups, 6 – 11, 12 – 18, and 19+, each category placing top 3 males and females. There will be two awards for fundraising teams: one for the team with the most runners and one for the team that raises the most money. 

Results will be posted on our website after the run!

Race day registration and packet pick up begins at 7:30 AM. T-shirts will be first come first serve for race day registrants. T-shirts cannot be guaranteed if registration is not completed by March 3rd. The 5K race will start at 8:30 AM. 

Joey's Run Teams

Want to get more involved and help fundraise for Joey's Wings? Create a team, recruit runners to sign up for your team and ask friends, family, and businesses for donations! There will be two awards for fundraising teams: one for the team with the most runners and one for the team that raises the most money. Click the team tab (on the left) to get started!

If you need a letter for businesses, let Kathy know by emailing her at kathyoasis@yahoo.com


Kids Obstacle Challenge

Hay bales, tires, parachute, hurdles, agility ladder, hula hoops, jumping bags...Each obstacle course represents the obstacle that children with cancer have to overcome during treatment: chemo, radiation, pills, testing... Our improved kids obstacle challenge this year is fun and competitive!

Obstacle course challenge is designed for kids 3 years and up. Parents can run with little ones. Our volunteers will also watch and help along the way. Winners of different age groups will get a parents night out certificate from O2B kids!

Race Day Schedule and Map

7:30 AM Onsite registration and Packet Pickup

8:30 AM 5K begins

8:45 AM 1 mile obstacle challenge

10:15 AM Awards


Strollers and Dogs

Both strollers and dogs are welcome! We have made the course more stroller-friendly this year, so no worries if it rains beforehand! If you run with your dog, please make sure he/she is well behaved, stays on a leash, gets cleaned up after and doesn't trip anyone while on the course :)



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