May 18, 2019 was a picture perfect day for NSSA’s 13th Annual 5K Run Walk for Autism Awareness. The sky was blue, the sun was shining and a light breeze kept everyone cool while running.
This was a special year as the run was moved to beautiful Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. This is a more central location for many people as well as a scenic spot with generous shade trees and grassy picnic areas for relaxing after the run. We hope this made for a great experience for our runners and their friends and families.
The day began with a generous breakfast spread of bagels, bananas, oranges and Entenmann’s and home baked goods by our own Connie Grassle. Gatorade, orange juice and water was available to quench our guests’ thirsts. Thank you to all our Breakfast Sponsors for keeping our runners fed and refreshed!
Volunteers from Global Facility Management & Construction, Inc. and both Lynbrook and Half Hollow Hills High Schools were on hand bright and early, balloon filling, course marking, table cleaning, muffin cutting, tee shirt dispensing – all the things that need to happen before a successful run. NSSA families and staff were also on hand to help out where needed. We couldn’t do it without their tireless help.
The race went off right on time at 8:30am and runners sped around a 3.1 mile course.
And as always, we welcome walkers too!
We were excited to see so many NSSA students and adult program participants joining in the race after training with the NSSA Run Club this year.
Post-run, Mike Miranda announced the overall and category winners.
Congratulations to James Gallagher for being the overall race winner and Top Overall Male with a time of 19:18 and to Courtney Koleda for coming in as Top Overall Female with a time of 22:50.
You’re ALL winners in our book!
Thanks to the Slone and Miranda families for all their support of Jack’s Run and NSSA.
We couldn’t put on an event like this without the help of our sponsors, volunteers, donors, families and runners. Your generosity means so much to so many.
You can see all the finishers below!
In spite of threatening skies, Mother Nature graciously held the rain off til just after the last award was handed out, and NSSA’s 12th Annual Jack’s Run for Autism Awareness went off without a hitch.
Over 150 runners came out to run and support NSSA.
Staff, families and even clients participated in the run…
As well as behind the scenes…
Jack himself had a great time running!
There were enthusiastic runners of all ages.
Congratulations to Overall Winner: 12-year-old Alex Addison and and Top Overall Female: 13-year-old Ishil Kirkhan
This gentleman has run Jack’s Run every one of its 12 years – thanks for your support!
We are grateful to the Miranda and Slone families for starting Jack’s Run 12 years ago in support of their nephew and NSSA.
We are so appreciative of everyone who helped make this event a success: runners, volunteers, donors, staff and sponsors.
Thanks to everyone who participated – we look forward to seeing you at future events!
May 14, 2016 was a beautiful day for a run along the waterfront at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington, NY. Over 200 runners and walkers participated in the 10th Annual Jack’s Run for Autism, a 5k fundraiser put on each spring by Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism.
Volunteers were on hand bright and early, balloon filling, arrow laying, table cleaning, muffin cutting, tee shirt dispensing – all the things that need to happen before a successful run. We couldn’t do it without their tireless help.
Thanks to NSSA Board Members pitching in to help.
Runners get final instructions before the start…
And they’re off!!!
Runners and walkers alike, all were there to support a common cause.
Families ran together…
Staff tackled the 3.10 mile course.
There were newcomers…
And even the family dog!
Smiling volunteers kept runners on track.
Congratulations to 13-year-old Sophia Muccini for being the overall race winner and Top Overall Female with a course-breaking record of 19:52.7.
Congratulations also to Rob Devinney for coming in as Top Overall Male.
Runners enjoyed a post-race breakfast and games generously provided by local companies:
Bagel Boss, Roslyn
Holiday Farms of Roslyn
Horn of Plenty of New Hyde Park
Kuck’s Deli, Mineola
New friendships were formed…
Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth was kind enough to visit the event and proclaim that Saturday, May 14, 2016 be declared a day of special recognition throughout the town of North Hempstead for Jack’s Run for Autism in recognition of its 10th anniversary.
Prizes were awarded to happy, deserving winners.
And Jack himself with his family who does so much for Jack’s Run and NSSA.
Thanks to our generous sponsors.
Thank you to EVERYONE who contributed to making Jack’s Run a success and who continues to support NSSA.