VIRTUAL 29th Annual 4th Year 5K

Sun October 25 - Sun November 1, 2020 Charlottesville, VA 22903 US Directions RaceJoy Ready
community | tradition | empowerment
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VIRTUAL 29th Annual Fourth Year 5K

559 spots left. Registration ends November 1, 2020 at 12:00pm EST

The 4th Year 5K is a longstanding UVA tradition presented by the Peer Health Educators. Continuing our tradition of empowering and connecting the UVA community, this year we are offering a Virtual Run/Walk to raise money to give back to Charlottesville in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Much has changed since the last 5K held on the Lawn in November 2019, but one thing that hasn't changed is the strength of the University community and traditions. Our expanded mission for this race is to "Keep Charlottesville Running," hoping to program a positive event in light of other cancellations while giving back to the larger community in a concrete way. 

All proceeds from the race will fund a donation in Leslie Baltz's name to the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and their Community Emergency Response Fund. The Foundation's work varies from supporting non-profits to helping Charlottesville residents make ends meet in this trying time. Being back on Grounds this semester, our goal is to give back to the community that we are apart of and whose resources we share in its time of need. 

This year, not only will the virtual platform keep us physically distant, but will allow us to connect with parents, alumni, and at-home students like never before. 

Why has the 4Y5K gone virtual?

We all could use a little more community, tradition, and empowerment in our world right now. The UVA Peer Health Educators are excited to offer an opportunity for students, families, and community members to participate in this special UVA tradition in the safest way possible. 

Wanting to maximize participation and what we're able to donate, we cut the cost of registration from last year's $17.50, and hope that you'll help us on our mission to "Keep Charlottesville Running!"

With that in mind and with the traditional 4Y5K spirit, take this opportunity to challenge a friend, challenge yourself, or just get out for some fresh air. We encourage you to participate in your own way, whether that means walking, running, jogging, hiking, or even clicking donate from the couch. 

History of the 4Y5K

The 4th Year 5K is a beloved UVA tradition that has historically occurred on the morning of the last home football game. The race is held in memory of Leslie Baltz, a student at UVA who passed away as a result of high-risk drinking. The race aims to create a positive tradition where students can safely come together and make lasting memories. Despite the race looking different this year, all the proceeds generated from the race will be donated in Leslie Baltz's name to the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. 

What's Included in my Registration Fee?

For just $15, you'll get a long sleeve cotton race t-shirt, FREE t-shirt shipping, and exclusive access to the RaceJoy app to track your run and receive cheers! 

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Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the VIRTUAL 29th Annual 4th Year 5K.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
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Old Cabell Hall
Charlottesville, VA US 22903

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