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Joan Ackerman Scores in Annual Autism Run

The fourth annual Grillo & Associates Blazing Trails 4 Autism four-mile run had everything a runner could want from a road race – a challenging but fair course that takes runners and walkers through a picturesque Lake Success neighborhood before entering the Great Neck South High School campus and taking the campus pathways and heading to the exciting finish on the High School track, high quality “hoodies” for every entrant, an incredible array of post-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 (thank you Andy Motola!).

Special congratulations go to Joan Ackerman, 71, of Farmingdale, who earned the third place trophy in the women’s 70-74 age group with a time of 46:11.

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.