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2023 Joey's Wings 5K & Kids Obstacle Run

Sat December 2, 2023 Gainesville, FL 32606 US Directions


Santa Fe College (Charles R. Perry Construction Institute)
Building O, NW 91st St
Gainesville, FL US 32606


The 9th annual Joey's Wings 5k & Obstacle Run will be on December 2, 2023 at Santa Fe College!
When you run/walk with us, you will be creating awareness and giving HOPE to the 47 children and their families that are diagnosed every day. 
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, parent support and advocacy. This year, proceeds will go to local pediatric cancer families.
Race starts at 8:30am. Race day registration and packet pick up begins at 7:30am. There will be Zumba, raffles, bouncing house, face painting, crafts and food from local restaurants! T-shirts and a special designed 3D origami crane medal with gator color ribbon will be first come first serve for race day registrants. The overall champion (women and men's) will each get a gift certificate ($350 value) from the B3 gym! 

                                                    Your registration includes:

Chip timed run
Free shirt
A special designed 3D origami crane medal with ribbon of gator colors
Food from local restaurants
Family activities of bouncing house, face painting, crafts
Registration fees before Nov. 19:
5k Run/Walk (ages 13+):                                    $30
5k Run/Walk (12 and under):                              $25
1 mile Kids Obstacle run                                     $25
Registration fee for ages 13+ will increase $5 after pre-registration ends on Nov. 19th.
Packet pick up is at 4-7pm on Dec. 1st at Fit2run at the Oaks Mall.

Annabelle's Journey

Annabelle was born in 2016 with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. When she was one year old, Annabelle was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Annabelle fought this cancer for two and a half years with various chemo treatments. she stayed in remission for three years. Unfortunately, at the age of 6, she has been once again diagnosed with cancer, this time a very rare form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia, an aggressive form of blood cancer, Myelodysplastic syndrome caused by 7 Q Minus.

Annabelle is treated at the UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. On July 19th, Annabelle started the first round of chemo. However, by the end of August, the chemo didn’t work. After lots of discussion and difficult decisions, the decision was made to try another form of chemotherapy, this time much more aggressive. The new IV chemo has since begun in September, and it has left Annabelle in a constant state of nausea and vomiting. Annabelle finished this high does IV chemo in the middle of October. Hopefully in early December, Annabelle can receive the bone marrow transplant. Annabelle and her mother remain at the Shands Children's because her risk of infection is high. 

2023 Joey's Wings 5k will benefit Annabelle's family. Let's run to cheer for Annabelle! We will be fighting with her!

Race Day Schedule, map & direction

7:30 AM Onsite registration and Packet Pickup

8:30 AM 5K/Walk begins

8:40 AM 1 mile Kids Obstacle Run

10 AM Awards


If you google the "Charles R. Perry Construction Institute", it will lead you directly to the course and parking.




Race Tshirt & medal

Race shirt and a 3D medal is free! Come and get a special designed 3D origami crane medal with gator color ribbon!

1 mile Obstacle Run

We have an improved obstacle course for 2023! Competitive and fun! Hurdles, parachute, agility ladder, noodles...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! Children of any age are welcomed to participate! Our volunteers will also watch and help along the way.


Awards and Results

There are four age groups, 6 – 11, 12 – 18, 19 - 49, and 50+, each category placing top 3 males and females. Results are chip-timed and will be published immediately after the run. We will have an awards ceremony for the top 3 finishers in each age group at 10am.

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!


Race Contact Info

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