The Joseph Lopez-Pratti Memorial 5K was started to memorialize a local fallen hero but has grown to an annual event that donates 100 percent of its profits to the DarkHorse Lodge, and Youth For Christ.
The Dark Horse Lodge will be a 5-guest cabin retreat center located in Paris, TN to all combat veterans to come for rest, fishing and restoration. The Dark Horse Lodge is a project started by the parents of LCpl Alec Catherwood, who also lost his life alongside Joey in the Sangin Province of Afghanistan on October 14th, 2010.
Youth for Christ is an organization ran through Assembly of God, Joey attended this youth program throughout his young adult life.
Joseph Lopez-Pratti grew up in Rosamond, California and enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps in 2009. On October 14th, 2010, Lance Corporal Lopez-Pratti was Killed in action while serving his tour of duty in the Sangin Province of Afghanistan.
This event is a family fun loving event that promotes health, wellness and most importantly remembrance.
Event details and schedule
The course contains mostly side streets but veers off into desert terrain for a small portion. The uphill rugged portion is known as "Joey's Hill". Joey ran this very terrain to get ready for USMC bootcamp training.
Event Start Time:
Registration: 7:00 AM Rosamond High School,2925 Rosamond Blvd. Rosamond, CA 93560
Run/Walk begins at 8:00 AM at RHS, and ends at RHS, Pre-Event Ceremonies at 7:30 AM
Please allow at least 30-45 minutes to register for this event.
RHS has plenty of parking, park anywhere inside the designated school parking area.
Waivers and ID:
Please bring the authorized waiver provided by active.com, and a form of ID for credit or debit purchases.
What to Wear/Bring:
Please wear appropriate running shoes and attire for running.