The Eden II & Genesis Foundation will be hosting its 10th Annual Blazing Trails for Autism 4 Mile Run and 1.5 Mile Walk on Sunday, September 9, 2018. Help us raise $60,000 to support children and adults living with autism!

10th Annual Blazing Trails Run/Walk for Autism, Virtual:

The virtual run/walk starts on July 15th so even if you aren't able to participate on September 9th you can still raise funds to make a difference. All participants who raise over $100 will receive a Blazing Trails 10th Anniversary Hooded Sweatshirt.

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10th Annual Blazing Trails Run/Walk for Autism, Great Neck, NY:


Great Neck South High School
341 Lakeville Road
Great Neck, NY US 11020

Join team Genesis in the Blazing Trails 4 Mile Run/Walk and 1.5 mile walk for Autism. This event takes place on the campus of Great Neck South High School. It is a USATF sanctioned event. This event is a 2018 USATF- Long Island Grand Prix of road races.

Four challenging but fair miles on the rolling hills and scenic vistas of the beautiful Great Neck South Campus and nearby areas of picturesque Lake Success. An alternate 1.5 mile walk is also available.

The Run/Walk will start PROMPTLY at 8:30 AM!

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior. Signs of autism typically tend to show between 2-3 years of age. Statistics for an autism diagnoses are currently 1 in 59 children in the United States, with boys being 5 times more likely to have an autism diagnosis than girls.

Established in 1976, Eden II Programs began with just six students and one special education teacher. Today, the not-for-profit organization serves over 500 participants in New York City and 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. Eden II Programs provides a variety of services using the evidence-based principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to treat the delays and challenges associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Eden II is recognized nationally as a leader in working with individuals across the autism spectrum, including those with the most significant challenges. Currently, over 130 families participate in full-day education programs from early childhood through adulthood on Staten Island. In 2015, Eden II opened a new, state-of-the-art autism center – the Honorable James P. Molinaro Center for Autism – which serves 68 participants, ages 8-21, in elementary and secondary education programs. The Autism Center also serves as the Agency’s main headquarters for the administrative team. Eden II Programs educational programs in Staten Island also includes a preschool program, Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS,) Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) services; The Staten Island Adult Day Habilitation program serves over 90 individuals; and 37 adults with ASD live in our five community residences located on Staten Island. Eden II’s Genesis School program opened in 1995 as an annex to the Staten Island Programs and serves 30 individuals, ages 5-21, in elementary and secondary education programs. The Genesis Outreach Autism Center assists over 50 individuals across all programs. The Adult Day Habilitation program serves 32 individuals; and 12 adults with ASD live in our two community residences located on Long Island. Learn more at www.eden2.org.

Genesis parent Robyn Schneider, mother of twin boys with autism, spearheaded the Blazing Trails run after her sons began participating in mainstream races. Blazing Trails began as a way to raise awareness and funds for autism and the Genesis School, and quickly gained support from the Great Neck community. Blazing Trails set its first course after contracting with the Greater Long Island Running Club. The USATF sanctioned four mile race course ran throughout the beautiful campus of Great Neck South High School and Middle School. The inaugural race, held on a glorious autumn day, featured Channel 7 Eyewitness News broadcasting live with over 1,200 runners, walkers and spectators supporting Eden II's Genesis Programs. Each year since, hundreds of runners have continued to support this event and Eden II Programs.

For more information on the event, please visit www.eden2.org/run or contact our development team 516-937-1397 ext. 1328.
COMPLETED: 2,458 miles
TARGET: 200 miles
RAISED: $ 41,909
TARGET: $ 60,000
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The Eden II & Genesis Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing funding for programs, services, and initiatives to support individuals living with autism.

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