Great Neck South HS to host Blazing Trails Run for Autism

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(L to R) Genesis School Director Hester Bekisz, Eden II/Genesis Development Associate Kara Lamendola, Brickwell proprietor Andrew Mitola, and GLIRC Director of Logistics Adriana Staiano.

Runners, walkers, and everyone who wants to support the Eden II & Genesis Programs for people with autism are invited to join in the fun at Great Neck South High School on Sunday morning, Sept. 8, for the Blazing Trails for Autism Four Mile Run.

The challenging but fair four-mile course covers some pleasant residential roads in Lake Success before returning to the beautiful Great Neck South Campus to finish on the high school track. There will be 1.5 mile fun walk that will also be available for those who don’t want to try the four-mile distance. Both the four miler and the 1.5 mile fun walk will start  at 8:30 a.m.

All proceeds of the event will go to benefit the Eden II & Genesis Foundation and the amazing work the foundation is doing to improve the lives of children and adults with autism. Event management will once again be handled by the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC).

This year’s Blazing Trails Run has been accepted to be part of the 2019 Long Island Running Series. Awards in the four-mile run will be given to the top male and female overall finishers, the top male and female masters finishers, the top three male and female finishers in each of 18 age groups ranging from 12 and under through 90 and over, the top three Clydesdale and Athena finishers in each of two weight divisions, and the top three wheelchair finishers.

Every entrant in either the run or the walk will receive a unique long sleeve dri-fit shirt. There will be post-race refreshments, and musical entertainment will be provided throughout the morning. There will be a giant collection of post-run door prizes, highlighted by a bicycle generously donated by Brickwell Cycling and Multisports and Stoa Wellness.

Online registration is open through 9 a.m. on Sept. 7, or you can use the hard copy entry form that appears elsewhere in this edition of Long Island Footnotes. For more information about the event, call the club office at 516-349-7646.

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