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Westbury Runners Honored In Autism Event

Congratulations to Jenney Tesoriero, Shari Zimmerman and Susan Schmuck, all residents of Westbury, for their award winning performances in the 5th Annual Grillo & Associates Blazing Trails 4 Autism 4 Mile Run, recently held on the streets of North Bellmore and North Merrick.

Jenney crossed the finish line at Nassau BOCES Children’s Readiness Center in 29 minutes, 37 seconds, earning first place in the Athena Division. Shari scored in 34:36 to win the first place award in the women’s 60-64 Age Group and Susan finished in 32:47, good for top honors in the Athena Division.

The entire net proceeds of the run were once again 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. Joanne D’Esposito, of Eden II Genesis, did an excellent job as the new run chairperson, while race management was provided by the Greater Long Island Running Club.

Race organizers were thrilled to welcome the Richard Grillo Agency, of Nationwide Insurance back again as the title sponsor of the event, and to welcome other major sponsors, including South Shore Bicycle & Fitness, Petro, Anton Media Group, Panera Bread, Tekniverse, Different Roads to Learning, Pamela’s Products, Forest Laboratories, All Round Foods, Waldbaum’s, New York Community Bank Foundation, Ridgewood Bank, Whole Foods and Knockout Pest Control.