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Fourth Annual Blazing Trails-4 Autism 4-Mile Run

4-Mile Run Centered at Great Neck South High School Campus

The 4th annual Grillo & Associates Blazing Trails 4 Autism 4 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 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.

1100 registrants and 927 finishers were led to the finish line by a couple of Bellmore Striders stalwarts – Boyd Carrington and Robis Degimerci.  Una Broderick outkicked Shari Klarfeld by five seconds to win the women’s division, and Wil Widman Jr. won the top Masters award with a fourth place overall finish.

Top finishers from Great Neck were led by 17-year-old-Ari Shaby, who scored in 9th place overall and first in the 16-19 age group, 21-year-old Alex Schneider, who finished in 11th place overall and first in the 20-24 age group, and 17-year-old Nicholas Ross, 12th overall and 2nd in the 16-19 age group. The first Great Neck woman to cross the finish line was 46-year-old Carmen Anderson, the 5th woman overall who scored 2nd in the 40-44 age group.

The entire net proceeds of the fun 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.

Race Director Robyn Schneider did another outstanding job, with overall management supplied by the Greater Long Island Running Club.  Lots of youngsters from the Great Neck community were also on hand to lend their enthusiastic support to the event.

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 such other major sponsors  as Brickwell, Anton Media Group, Panera Bread,  Tekniverse, Zucaro Construction, Different Roads to Learning, Pamela’s Products, Forest Laboratories, All Round Foods, and the Lynbrook Runner’s Stop.  

The local Great Neck Community was also a major factor in the success of the Run this year, with Great Neck Superintendent of Schools Tom Dolan once again assuring the invaluable logistical support of the staff of the Great Neck School District. The Village of Lake Success Police Department was there to ensure a safe and controlled venue for the runners and walkers. State Senator Jack Martens and State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel showed their support with their presence at the starting line.