Friday, 02 December 2011 00:00
The Fourth Annual Grillo and Associates Blazing Trails 4 Autism 4 Mile Run had everything a runner could want from a road race – a challenging but fair course that took runners and walkers through a picturesque Lake Success neighborhood before entering the Great Neck South High School campus and taking the campus pathways to the exciting finish on the high school track, high quality “hoodies” for every entrant, an incredible array of past-race refreshments, quick and accurate results courtesy of JMS Racing Services, and a generous raffle highlighted by a Cannondale II bicycle courtesy of Brickwell Cycling and Multisports. Thanks go out to Andy Motola for this prize.Special congratulations go out to several runners from the local area who came home from the Blazing Trails Run with trophies. Shari Klarfeld of Plainview was the second woman overall to cross the finish line, scoring first among the women in the 30-34 age group in 25:09. Tim Healy of Syosset finished in 27:13 to earn the third-place trophy in the 55-59 age group. Barry Jerson of Plainview earned third-place honors in the 60-64 age group with a time of 29:07. Jonathan Schechter of Plainview took home the third-place trophy in the 12-and-under age group with a time of 40:07. Bert Jablon of Syosset scored first in the 80-84 age group with a time of 43:25.
The entire net proceeds of the run are dedicated to the Eden II and Genesis Foundation, which supports children and adults with autism through specialized programs designed to help them achieve the highest possible quality of living throughout their lives. The event also supports the Genesis School, located on Washington Avenue in Plainview.
Race director Robyn Schneider did another outstanding job, with overall management supplied by the Greater Long Island Running Club. Race organizers were thrilled to welcome the Richard Grillo Agency of Nationwide Insurance as the title sponsor of the event once again, and to welcome back other major sponsors: Brickwell, Anton Media Group, Panera Bread, Tekniverse, Zucaro Construction, Different Roads to Learning, Pamela’s Products, Forest Laboatories, All Round Foods, and the Lynbrook Runner’s Stop.