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Blazing Trails 4-Autism 4-Mile Run in GN

Nearly a thousand runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes registered for the Capital One Bank Blazing Trails 4-Autism 4 Mile Run held in Great Neck on Sunday, Nov. 8, and 794 of them were recorded as successfully completing the four mile course that ended on the track at Great Neck South High School.

Top local finisher was 16-year-old Jose Madrigal, who finished in 24 minutes, 27 seconds, a 6:07 per mile pace that brought him to the finish as the 6th place runner overall and first in the 16-19 age group.  Jose was presented by Great Neck Superintendent of Schools Thomas P. Dolan with the “Superintendent’s Cup” as the first Great Neck student to finish the race.

Other Great Neck residents coming home from the run with awards included 15-year-olds Nick Ross and Ben Freudman, who finished 1-2 in the 13-15 age group, Danya Shabi, who was 3rd in the women’s 16-19 age group,

Steven Germana, 3rd male 16-19, Rita Siminkas, who was the first female finisher in the 30-34 age group, Carmen Anderson and Shron Levy, who scored 1-2 among the women in the 40-44 age group, Nella Carravetta, 3rd place woman in the 55-59 age group, and Charlotte Ruderman of Great Neck, who earned the second place award in the women’s 70-74 age group.

The entire net proceeds of the Run were dedicated to Eden II Programs/The Genesis School, and their efforts to provide people with autism specialized community-based programs and other opportunities, with the goal of enabling them to achieve the highest possible quality of life.

Race management was provided by the Greater Long Island Running Club, under the leadership of Race Director Robyn Schneider, herself a resident of Great Neck, GLIRC President Mike Polansky, Course Coordinator Amy Goldstein, and Volunteers Coordinator Mindy Davidson.

“The 2009 Blazing Trails 4 Autism 4 Mile Run was a great effort for what is developing into a major Long Island event for many years to come,” observed Race Director Robyn Schneider. “Our thanks and congratulations to the Great Neck community for helping us make this important event a success once again this year.”