Great Neck to Host Revival of Blazing Trails 4 Autism 4 Mile Run/Walk

The date is Saturday, November 19, and the event will have all the amenities and all the excitement that runners have come to expect from this event over the years.

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(L to R): Lake Success Village Police Chief Joseph Gardella, Lake Success Village Admin. Patrick Farrell, Great Neck Public Schools Dir. of Athletics David Zawatson, Recreation rep. Donna Leone, and Dir. of Facilities Alfred Cavallaro, Eden II/Genesis Programs supporter Robyn Schneider and Interim Associate Dir. Mary McDonald, and GLIRC Pres. Mike Polansky.

Photo by: GLIRC.

Great Neck, NY - October 21, 2016 - The Blazing Trails 4 Autism 4 Mile Run is back on the calendar and, to add to the excitement,  it will be returning to the eclectic course in Great Neck that was the original venue for the event.

The date is Saturday, November 19, and the event will have all the amenities and all the excitement that runners have come to expect from this event over the years.

The challenging but fair 4 mile course covers some residential roads in Lake Success before returning to the beautiful Great Neck South Campus to finish on the High School track.  There will be 1.5 mile Fun Walk that will also be available for those who don’t want to try the 4 mile distance.  Both the 4 miler and the 1.5 mile Fun Walk will start promptly at 9:00 AM.  The event is a USA Track & Field sanctioned event and the 4 mile course is a USA Track & Field Certified course.

Every entrant in either the Run or the Walk will receive a unique commemorative hooded sweatshirt - “our best ever; you’ll love it!” 

Awards in the 4 Mile Run will be given to the top male and female overall finishers, the top male and female masters finishers, the top three male and female finishers in each of 17 age groups ranging from 12 and under through 85 and over, the top three Clydesdale and Athena finishers in each of two Weight Divisions, and the top three wheelchair finishers.

Timing and scoring will be provided by Just Finish, using the RFID computerized timing system with the throwaway chip attached  to your bib number.

There will be great post race refreshments, including the ever popular array of baked goods supplied by All Round Foods, and musical entertainment will be provided throughout the morning. There will be a giant post-Run raffle, highlighted by a road bike with helmet and accessories valued at more than $1000 generously donated by Brickwell Cycling/Multisports.

Other key sponsors of the event so far are the EJ Foundation, Anton Media Group, Medtrack℞, Trader Joe’s, Best Market, Panera, The Haley Family, Genesis PTO, and CBSR Citrus Distributors of Tropicana.

Special thanks go to the Great Neck School District, its Board of Education, and new Superintendent of Schools Teresa Prendergast for their cooperation in staging this event at Great Neck South High School.

The entire net proceeds of the event will go to benefit the Eden II and Genesis Foundation.  Established in 1976, Eden II Programs began with just six students and one special education teacher. Today, the organization serves nearly 400 participants throughout the five boroughs and over 100 participants in Long Island. The mission of  Eden II Programs is to support people with autism throughout their lives to achieve their full potential through service, science and passion.

Online registration is open through 5:00 PM on November 17th at  For hard copy entry forms or more information about the event, call the Greater long island Running Club office at (516) 349-7646.  To volunteer to help make the event a success, contact Mike Fernandez on email.