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Joe’s Run, Walk & Roll

Joe’s Run, Walk and Roll is heading to Hoyt Park on September 7, 2024! Join us for the competitive 5K run, 3K fun walk/roll and kids 1K. The route is fully accessible. Stay for a post-race reception which will include a photobooth and light lunch.

Register for Joe’s Run, Walk and Roll here!

Before Joe’s Run, Walk and Roll, there was Joe Lubarsky. Joe, who has a mild condition of Cerebral Palsy, started a sit-up contest in 1975 to raise funds for United Cerebral Palsy during the annual telethon. In 1988, the sit-up contest transformed into a run, when Joe started receiving pledges to run 10 miles from home to work in the dead of winter. Over time, the event turned into the community run, walk and roll that it is today.

Joe’s Run, Walk & Roll benefits the programs and services provided by Broadscope Disability Services, a non-profit organization serving the needs of people with disabilities through programs such as independent living, respite care coordination, and supportive employment.


Joe’s Run, Walk, & Roll is a competitive 5k run and a fun walk/roll that is designed to be accessible for anyone who would like to participate. This event is held at Hoyt Park in Wauwatosa. Participants can expect a fully-accessible outdoor route, family activities including arts and crafts, outdoor games, raffles, and a light lunch. Joe’s Run, Walk, & Roll started out in 1975 with a sit up contest held in a basement led by its sole participant, Joe Lubarsky, a champion for people with disabilities who himself lives with Cerebral Palsy. The event earned its name in 1988 when Joe first took it beyond the basement to run 10 miles to work, and in 1996 it grew into the family-focused community 5k that it has become today.

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, email Mary Schinkowitch ( or call 414-329-4505.

Register for Joe’s Run, Walk and Roll on September 7, 2024 at Hoyt Park!

Photos taken by TaVonna Hadley.

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