Virtual event will honor late running enthusiast


A longtime stalwart of the Las Cruces running community, the late Lawrence Joy, is being honored with a virtual 5k sponsored by Las Cruces Running Club (LCRC). 

The Run for Joy virtual race is March 1-31. It commemorates Joy’s contribution to road racing in Las Cruces. Joy died Oct. 16 in Albuquerque. He was a founder of LCRC in 2012, serving as president and in other capacities. He and his wife, Dorota Gruca, tirelessly promoted the club and its races, as well as assisting and training runners at all levels.

Runners can register for the Run for Joy at Cost is $20, and a shirt will be provided.  Proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association. COVID-19 restrictions prevent running a group race, but subsequent annual events are planned in Joy’s memory.

“We’ll truly miss Lawrence MCing our events,” said fellow board member Randy Castellano. “He was literally the voice of the club.”

“Lawrence was the most exuberant, upbeat and vivacious person/runner I ever knew,” LCRC board member Michael Lilley said. “He never failed to lift everyone’s spirits and get them pumped up about a race and all the preparation it entailed.”

Joy also was a former announcer for NMSU Aggie basketball and the NMSU marching band.  He also owned a public relations/marketing firm in Las Cruces for many years and was marketing director for a Domino’s BAM/Team Bailey franchise in Albuquerque at the time of his death.

For more information, call 575-312-2584