Sat November 25, 2023 Verona, NJ 07044 US


10 Hemlock Drive
Verona, NJ US 07044


This is a virtual race to raise money for the Verona High School Lacrosse Parents Association which directly supports the Verona High School girls lacrosse team.  Funds raised for this challenge will be applied to a memorial scholarship in memory of Verona Coach. Julie A Nippes who recently passed away in August 2020. Coach Nippes wore number 27 when she played lacrosse.

Julie was a gifted athlete, a fierce competitor and a caring coach.  She cared for people and got involved. She was passionate, kind and funny. You could always find Julie at one of the kids’ games, either cheering loudly or holding a clipboard with detailed drills that took her hours to look up.  She was an unofficial nurse, always on the ready with a bandaid, a loose diagnosis or some encouraging words.  Julie loved lacrosse and traditions old and new.  For this reason the lacrosse team wants to run this challenge in her honor.

The goal for this race is 3.1 miles.  Please follow us on Instagram verona_girls_lacrosse as we count down the 27 days to the race. The race is virtual BUT on Saturday November 25th anyone can join us to run/jog/walk the race in person. The girls lacrosse team will meet by the bocce courts at 11am and have a 3.1 miles loop informally mapped out with sidewalk chalk that will take us past the Nippes house where we will proudly hoot, hollar and maybe blow a whistle or two. All participants must submit their race completion time by midnight on 25 November 2023.  Since this is a virtual race, you can complete it at any location.  Run from your home, find a trail, a mountain, wherever you like.  Be creative, please take a picture and tag us on insta so we can show everyone's love and support for Julie. Let's GO #27!

This virtual race is sponsored by Golden Eagle Races, which is a newly formed small business, owned and operated by a local Verona resident and currently serving military veteran.  Golden Eagle Races will be donating a portion of the race proceeds directly back to the Verona High School Lacrosse Parents Association.  HOOAH!  Together, we can raise funds for VHSLPA and have some great fun and fitness at the same time.

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Entry to the VGLAX 2023 Nippes Memorial Virtual 5K
Virtual Race Bib which you can print and display in your photos to post online
Opportunity to make an additional donation to the Verona High School Lacrosse Parents Association to support the scholarship fund



Register for the VGLAX 2023 Nippes Memorial Virtual 5K
After you complete your run or walk, go to the Run Signup website and upload your finishing time.  You can do this anytime and anywhere.  Simply pick your starting location, track your time and distance and get started!
Be sure to post your pictures on social media to share with your friends.

Donation for Scholarship Fund In Memory of Julie Alexandra Nippes 1973-2020

Thanks to all of you who supported the run for Julie and made this scholarship happen. It is a wonderful way to remember a special person who meant so much to us all.

The fall of 2021 we started our first annual 27 run for Julie. The support was tremendous. Julie touched many lives. The money raised went towards a scholarship for a senior women's lacrosse player at VHS. The players each had to write an essay. Chris Nippes helped with the direction of the essay, he wrote that the athlete awarded does not need to be the best player on the team or the person most in love with lacrosse but rather the best TEAM player. The player who gets the most out of the TEAM experience. Julie loved sports, a whole bunch of different sports with lacrosse being one of her favorites. What Julie really enjoyed was being part of a team, whether she was playing, coaching or keeping stats, she loved being involved, being on the sidelines and following the ups and downs of competition.The essay was about what being part of a TEAM means to you. The seniors had to explain what they loved about the team environment and how it has affected their lives? How playing lacrosse has helped them throughout their high school experience?

What Past Winner's Wrote:

The first winner of the scholarship was Emma DiClemente. Clara chose an excerpt of her essay to read at the banquet.

"Being part of this team means that every person pushes themselves and each other harder every single day. It means having a safe space to be yourself and be comfortable. It means to show the many different sides of yourself. It means to go through the extreme highs and lows together"...and to show up for each other no matter what the scoreboard reflects."

Last year we had two winner’s for 2022, MaryKate Dougherty and Meaghan Haughney. Clara read this from each of their essay’s at the banquet.

Mary Kate wrote:

“Anyone who was lucky enough to be coached by Julie knows that everything she did, she did well. Whether it was flashing you the “it’s ok” smile after receiving some tough feedback from Coach Fay, or simply explaining something that seems complex in the most uncomplicated way, she seemed to do everything with ease. This character meant so much to our young teams but more importantly, we are lucky enough to have this team mentality instilled in us. Everytime we see the 27 banner or put on our socks, it is a reminder of what we play for. Not only Julie, but for each other, for Verona Lacrosse.”

Meaghan wrote:

Julie Nippes could always be counted on for her wise words but the one that stands out to me the most was what she told me on my way to my first DEWLAX bootcamp as she drove our carpool: “You’ll meet some of the best people while being a part of a team, especially in lacrosse.” Some of my fondest memories in life have been made on the lacrosse field. A turf filled rectangle has turned into my second home and I am forever thankful for the family I have created within it. 

For 2023, we had 6 out of the 8 seniors write an essay for the JN27 Scholarship. Two players were chosen: Amanda Cavallo & Abby Petruzzi. Read what Clara had to say about them at the banquet:

I was especially looking forward to this year's 27 scholarships because I can honestly say that these 7 girls are my best friends in the world. I see so many qualities that capture what the number 27 represents in each of them and I want to thank them for taking the time to write such beautiful essays. This senior class was one of the last groups that my mom got the privilege of coaching. She was with this group from mini lasers to eighth grade. At the end of those 9 years together, she decided to write a special something to our squad before we headed to high school. She decided to write each player a little note to remind them of their talents on and off the field. One of the players receiving this scholarship today reminded me of this gesture my mom made because I completely forgot about it. I have loved watching this girl grow into an outstanding lacrosse player. As my mom wrote in her letter, “She has a phenomenal lax IQ and an even bigger heart. She is a constant source of laughter and representation of strength and resilience.” In her essay, she captured the amount of love and sense of purpose that Verona lacrosse provides these girls. I am lucky to call this girl one of my best friends and I am around to announce that the first recipient of this year's scholarship is Abby Petruzzi.

This goes to a person who to me optimizes the ultimate team spirit. This person is a complete team player. Over the years I have seen her take risks, struggle, try hard, fail, get up again, overcome it all, and succeed with a smile and a positive attitude with a team-first approach. This person never complained about playing time and always cheered her teammates on. And, when the number and the team needed her to make the ultimate sacrifice and change her position, she not only did it, but she worked her tail off and is now thriving in that position which was a major reason for this team's success this year. I think the world of this person and her attitude and competitive spirit and she is just overall a great human being. So congratulations to Amanda Cavallo.

We introduced a new tradition this year, as a team and talked about what it means to play for something bigger than the game and we decided that moving forward #27 will be worn by a player that embodies what being part of a team is all about. The kids were allowed to write an essay to be considered a candidate but ultimately, the coaches nominated a few deserving players and the team voted. At the banquet it was announced that Lauren Gawley will be  wearing the #27 jersey.

Amanda Cavallo is currently at Fairfield University, Jackie Lawless is studying to be a nurse at Seton Hall University and Bridget Lonsinger is playing lacrosse at the University of Richmond. Clara Nippes is attending San Diego State, Abby Petruzzi is at The College of Charleston, and Brooke Reinecker is playing soccer at Towson University. Juliana Squilante is at Clemson University and Chloe Theilmeier went to the University of Delaware. So far everyone seems happy and is excited to head home for Thanksgiving break.


ABOUT Verona High School Lacrosse Parents Association (VHSLPA)

The mission of the Verona High School Lacrosse Parents Association is to provide support to the Verona Hillbillies High School lacrosse program and to foster a positive, fun and memorable high school lacrosse experience for the players.


Now it is time to record hard work you put in to complete the race goal by logging in your time.   

There are three easy options for logging your activities:

1.  Log into your Run Signup account which you established when you registered.

Select the Results tab and click on Submit Virtual Results.  This section will allow you to input your time and date completed and a comment if you choose such as "I ran around the park in the rain."
After you select Submit activity,  you will receive a success message indicating your activity has been saved.  From this screen you can do the following:
Manage past activities logged, making it simple to edit and update
View results (either by clicking the x in the upper right hand corner or the hyperlink at the bottom of the page)
2.  Activity Timeline

While logged into your Run Signup account, on the individual results page, there is an Activity Timeline that shows the most recent activity first, with options to See All activity on the page, and simple pagination to view Older activity. There are also simple options for you to update or delete an activity.
3.  No Log in Option

When you are not logged in to your Run Signup account, you can still add your time from your activities.  Simply go to, type VGLAX 2023 Nippes Memorial Virtual 5K in the Find a Race, select our race, click Log Activities from My results page. Before you are able to log activity, you must enter either the email or last 4 digits of your phone number that you used when you signed up for the challenge

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You are ready!  Let's get out there and support the Verona High School Girls Lacrosse team and help make their future Great!

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