In 2007 Linda Knapp Lavaty stepped through the doors of the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula as our new Receptionist. Little did we know on that day that Linda would soon become the voice and face of the front desk, ready to assist every member of our staff and community with anything needed.
She was quick to learn new skills which elevated her position to Administrative Assistant. She loved her job and it showed in how much care she gave to everyone in our community.
Come summertime, she quickly assumed the role of the Camp Chaverim nurse. Whether it was applying bandaids to boo-boos, removing splinters or tics she was there with a gentle hand and open heart.
Her commitment to preschool, camp, and youth programming demonstrated her love for children of all ages. Each year Linda worked hard with our Preschool Parent Committee to ensure that our annual 5K race would be a great success. From solicitation letters to driving the race marshals to their designated stops, Linda was there to make certain it all ran smoothly.
When the world changed with the emergence of Covid, Linda was at her desk each and every day, never absent, even though she was facing her own continued health problems.
Linda was an exemplary mother, grandmother, friend and colleague. Her passing has left a gaping hole in the hearts of so many. She is greatly missed, and this 5K tribute is our way of honoring her memory. If you take a close look at the 5K race logo you will get a glimpse of Linda’s favorite things.
Linda, you are missed, and will not be forgotten.
DATE: Sunday, May 21, 2023
PLACE: Mariners' Museum Southern Route
(across from Warwick High School)
Pre-Registration (by 5/1/23)
T-shirt availability & size preference guaranteed with pre-registration
1 Mile - $15
5K - $25
1 Mile - $20
5K - $30
The Race is on Sunday, May 21, 2023. The course will start and finish on the Mariners' Museum Southern Route (across from Warwick High School).
Free parking will be available at Warwick High School
51 Copeland Ln. Newport News, VA 23601
If you choose to run with a baby stroller, please place yourself at the back of the pack of runners at the starting point.
We ask that you take extra precaution for your safety, your child's safety, and the safety of the runners around you!
Leashed pets are allowed on site but are NOT allowed on the race course.
Bicycles, skateboard, skates are NOT allowed on the race course.
Yes, wheelchair runners are allowed to participate in the 1 Mile Fun Run and the 5K Race.
Peninsula Track Club will be timing our races with bib timing. Results will be announced once the race is complete.
Results will also be posted on our UJC website following the races.
The race will be held rain or shine.
Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Kids ages 5 and under can participate in the 50 yard dash and all runners will receive a finisher's medal.
No registration form or fee is necessary. The dash will start at 10:30am in the field by the race course..
Top 3 Male & Female Runners in Each Age Group
1 Mile: ages 6 & under, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15
(No awards will be given for participants 16 or older for the 1 mile.)
5K: ages 10 & under, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
Yes, there will be fun, family friendly activities!