AKRON'S AUTISM 5K RUN & WALK
RECORDS BROKEN #4AUTISM!
More than 2,300 people took on a beautiful day in Lock 3, Saturday, June 18, to celebrate and support people living with autism. The Autism Society of Greater Akron held its 6th annual Akron Autism 5k Run and Walk and broke both its previous attendance and fundraising records, with an estimated $115,000 raised.
Team Samboat, Jennifer and Tim Piatt’s team named for their son, Sam, won the prize for being the top fundraising team, collecting $6,526 in donations. Andrew’s Heroes was the largest team, with 64 walkers. Matt Cochran, 39, of Tallmadge, won the 5k with a time of 17:51. Lindsey Fascione, 25, of North Royalton, won the women’s overall 5k with a time of 19:30. The winners of the 5k Walk were Curt Clemons, 56, of Cuyahoga Falls, and Barbara Danforth, 67, of Akron.
Laurie Cramer, Executive Director of the Autism Society of Greater Akron said, “We are so thankful to live in an area that supports having an affiliate of the Autism Society. Not every community can say that, but we can because of events like these. Dollars raised go directly to our programs and services and stay here to benefit local individuals and families who need support. This year’s goals included launching three new programs: one to target transition age youth, an adapted swim program and strengthening our education initiatives. We’re able to achieve those goals because of the wonderful support we receive from our community.”
The top sponsors were Summit Academy, presenting sponsor of the event, Bevan & Associates and REM Ohio, both Gold Sponsors.
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR ON JUNE 17, 2017!
RACE RESULTS FROM JUNE 18, 2016