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

08/13/2022 Directions


UVA Alumni Hall


Josephine's Village was started when a very special little heart warrior was fighting for her life in UVA Medical Center's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (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 formed Josephine's Village 501(c)(3) non-profit as well as 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

Welcome to Josephine’s Village 5K 2022!  

We are very excited to announce that Josephine's Village 5K & Kids' Dash will be offered as both a VIRTUAL and IN-PERSON event again this year!  We hope you'll join us in-person, and if not, please know you can show your support from afar virtually!  Again, we are thrilled that ANYONE, from anywhere, can sign up to show their support!

Josephine's Village 5K is taking place Saturday, August 13th!  Josephine's Village 5K supports 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 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!

For those joining us in-person, we will start/end at UVA Alumni Hall.  The UVA route has a gradual incline during the first mile.  It then tapers into a relatively flat course with a short climb 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 are seeking sponsorships once again this year.  If you would like to be a sponsor of our charity event, we thank you!  We'll happily accept in-kind or monetary donations.  Please email to learn more about our sponsorship levels and how to be listed on the back of our t-shirts and/or our website! We’re thankful for all those who have supported this cause with us the past four years!

WE HOPE YOU’LL SIGN UP, individually or as a team!!!  We’ll announce the largest group on race day!

We’re excited to see your smiling faces before and after you finish the 5K whether you join us in-person or virtually!  When posting to social media, please be sure to use the hashtags  #JosephinesVillage5K / #JV5K2022 / #JV5Kkidsdash in your posts!  You can also post your photos to our Facebook event page or tag us on Instagram @josephines_village !

As a reminder, Josephine’s Village is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.  Therefore, if you choose to make a donation of any amount, please know that it will be tax deductible!

*Important Note: Register by July 27th to be guaranteed a race t-shirt!  Also, there is an option when registering to have your t-shirt mailed!  Otherwise, we’ll email you closer to race day with the t-shirt pickup details in Charlottesville. If you register AFTER July 27th, 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.

Race Packet & T-Shirt Pick-Up Details


Location: Green Bean Baby Boutique @ 2120 Barracks Road - Barracks Road North Shopping Center (GBBB is one of our Heart Family Sponsors! Thank you, Green Bean!)

Time: Friday, August 12th @ 12:00-1:00pm AND 4:00-6:00pm

Course Directions & Map

Start at Alumni Hall

Straight up Lewis Mountain Rd from Alumni Hall

R on Cameron Ln

L Minor Rd

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 you’ll turn right onto the brick path and head in towards the UVA Rotunda. You’ll run past the Rotunda and continue down and around Brooks Hall before coming back up the brick path on the other side of Brooks Hall.

As you come to where the brick path meets the sidewalk in front of the UVA Rotunda, you’ll go left on that University Avenue sidewalk back towards the UVA Chapel.  Continue to follow the sidewalk as it wraps around the UVA Chapel and meets McCormick Rd.

As you run up McCormick, just as you pass the UVA Chapel, you’ll cross the street by using the large crosswalk there that will allow you to run back on the opposite sidewalk of McCormick than the one you ran in on (placing you on the side closest to Alderman Library), helping you to avoid collisions with other runners/walkers.

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 course map image, you’ll follow the blue line out, and then the pink line back!






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 Warrior

Heart Family

Village Member / In-Kind Donation


UVA Alumni Hall


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