Run for Joe
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Event is held rain or shine!
12:30 - 1:00 PM REGISTRATION
1:30 PM RUN/WALK
Luncheon reception prepared by the Leto family immediately following - ALL ARE WELCOME!
Canterbury School will host the 19th Annual Run for Joe in memory of Lance Corporal Guiseppe “Joe” Leto, a 1997 Canterbury graduate who died during training exercises while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. The event will be held on Sunday, October 1st, at the school’s Aspetuck Avenue campus and features a 5K run or one mile “fun run” for children and non-experienced runners.
Joe was a resident of New Milford, Connecticut, where he attended Canterbury School for four years. Family and friends describe Joe as a passionate member of the school wrestling team who enjoyed spending time with his friends. Following his graduation, he went on to attend Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts to study business. In 1998, he decided to serve his country by joining the U.S. Marine Corps. After going through boot camp on Paris Island, he reported to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina for 16 weeks of training. Tragically, Joe died during a conditioning hike in his third week at Camp Lejeune at the age of 21.
Though originally intended to be a one-time event, the Run for Joe has become a tradition in New Milford. Since its inception, the Run for Joe has raised a total of over $200,000 in support of the memorial scholarship fund, which provides financial assistance to a New Milford-area day student attending Canterbury School each year.
Please join us as we continue to honor and celebrate the extraordinary life of a beloved son, brother, and outstanding member of the Canterbury community!