Josephine's Village 5K: Celebrating Loved Ones & Mending Broken Hearts

08/14/2020 - 08/16/2020 Directions
VIRTUAL RACE - Run/Walk Anywhere!

Josephine's Village was started when a very special little heart warrior was fighting for her life in UVA Medical Center's PICU.  Jo touched many people's hearts and a village was formed to support her as she underwent two open heart surgeries at nine weeks old and gave all she had to fight for her life.  Sadly, Josephine passed away on Christmas Day 2017 at 20-weeks old.  Her parents kept Josephine's Village alive to bring awareness to Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs), and eventually organized Josephine's Village 5K charity race to honor their daughter by supporting other families faced with CHDs. 

Josephine's Village 5K aims to: 

* Honor Josephine & all heart warriors who have passed or are fighting to live with Congenital Heart Defects

* Educate the public on CHDs, as 1 in 110 babies are born with some type of CHD and research is poorly funded

* Support babies and children with CHDs by raising funds for them and their families

* Provide a race to the community that is Fun, Family Friendly, Safe and Provides Remembrance of Loved Ones

There’s been a lot going on this year, and we are more committed than ever to helping those affected by Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs).  With COVID-19 still a threat in our community, we have made the decision to move to a Virtual Race this year... ANYONE, from anywhere, can sign up to show their support!  You may run/walk 3.1 miles anywhere you like!  We’re sad we won’t get to see you in person this year, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t get out and move to show our support for CHD families!

Josephine's Village (VIRTUAL) 5K is taking place August 14th-16th!  During a time of clear inequalities across the nation, we want to make it clear that Josephine's Village 5K condemns racism.  We are committed to making sure that the money we raise is used to help all individuals because Black Lives Matter!  We support equality, kindness, fairness, and giving back.  Our race is OPEN TO ALL runners and walkers, ALL backgrounds, ALL ages, and is 100% family friendly! Babies in strollers are encouraged!  And YES, we’re planning on wearing our tutus again this year and hope you will be too!  If finances are keeping you from registering, please contact us at and we will find a way to finance your entry!

We will have our traditional course, that starts and ends at UVA Alumni Hall, marked for those in the Charlottesville area who would like to use it.  The UVA route has a gradual incline during the first mile.  It then tapers into a relatively flat course with a short climb on Newcomb Road South towards the UVA Bookstore, and again on Alderman Road as you near the turn back onto Lewis Mountain Road, where you’ll find yourself on a nice downward stretch back to Alumni Hall.

We understand that many have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis, and for this reason, we will not be soliciting sponsorships this year, though we will accept any donations if someone would like to contribute to our charity event.  In an effort to do what we can to give back to our community, we will be listing all past monetary sponsors on the back of our t-shirts this year, as well as past in-kind sponsors on our website.  We’re thankful for all those who have supported this cause with us the past two years, and hope this gesture shows our immense gratitude.

WE HOPE YOU’LL SIGN UP, individually or as a team!!!  We’ll announce the largest group on race day! Please virtually run/walk responsibly, and abide by all social distancing guidelines put in place by the CDC.

We’re excited to see how far our race reaches this year!!!  And we'd love to see your smiling faces before and after you finish the 5K!  When you post to social media, be sure to use the hashtags  #JosephinesVillage5K / #JV5K2020 / #JV5Kvirtual in your posts!  You can also post your photos to our Facebook event page or tag us on Instagram @josephines_village !

Finally, we have some BIG NEWS we’d like to share!  Josephine’s Village has gained its 501(c)(3) non-profit status!  Should you choose to make a donation of any amount now or in the future, please know that it will be tax deductible!

*Register by July 25th to be guaranteed a race t-shirt!  There is an option when registering to have your t-shirt mailed!  Otherwise, we’ll email you closer to race day with t-shirt pickup times/locations in Charlottesville. If you register AFTER July 25th, you are not guaranteed a race t-shirt, as only a small amount of extra t-shirts in select sizes will be ordered and available on a first come basis through RunSignUp.  

We’re praying this pandemic ends swiftly, and look forward to seeing you IN PERSON next year for our August 2021 Josephine’s Village 5K!

Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

Heart Angel
Heart Warrior
Heart Family
Zipper Club
Village Member / In-Kind Donation
Course Directions & Map

For those who would like to use our traditional course, please note that we had to make a few changes due to construction:


Start at Alumni Hall

Straight up Lewis Mountain Rd from Alumni Hall

R on Cameron Ln


L on Alderman Rd

*cross to other sidewalk @crosswalk near Midmont Ln in front of St. Thomas Aquinas Church

L on McCormick Rd

*have to go through 2 crosswalks at the traffic light (first the one straight ahead, and then the one turning left over Alderman and putting you on the right hand sidewalk of McCormick Rd (note: a short distance down on McCormick Rd there’s some sidewalk construction you’ll have to run around)

Continue on McCormick Rd; as you approach UVA Chapel, continue on the sidewalk as it wraps around the Chapel onto University Ave. going Right (NEW THIS YEAR DUE TO CONSTRUCTION ON OLD COURSE)

As you come to where the brick sidewalks meet in front of the UVA Rotunda, go Left down and around Brooks Hall, and then continue on the sidewalk as it brings you back up in front of the Rotunda again (NEW THIS YEAR DUE TO CONSTRUCTION ON OLD COURSE) 

Continue to follow brick path as it passes the UVA Chapel and meets McCormick Rd; at this point you’ll cross over McCormick Rd before turning Left and taking that far sidewalk back (NEW THIS YEAR DUE TO CONSTRUCTION ON OLD COURSE) 

Follow McCormick until you get to the Alderman traffic light

R on Alderman Rd

R on Lewis Mountain Rd down to Alumni Hall!


***On the map below, you’ll follow the yellow line out, and then the pink line back.





VIRTUAL RACE - Run/Walk Anywhere!


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