Over 120 Autism Speaks Team Up! members joined the 46,000 runners participating in the 2013 ING NYC Marathon on November 3. Over 50% of our group were returning from the 2012 race that was cancelled. For that dedicated group, their journey took 365 days, but they made it back to complete the 26.2 miles with their new team members. The combined team totals for 2012 and 2013 exceeds $897,881 raised to support the mission of Autism Speaks.
Below are some photos of our runners:
The thoughts and prayers of all of us at Autism Speaks go out to the people of Boston, Massachusetts in the wake of the tragedy that occurred recently, especially the victims and their families. The devastation has been felt by people across the country and the world as we struggle to understand and deal with this horrible event. It is often particularly difficult for children with autism to fully understand such tragic situations and the feelings of grief and loss associated with them.
James McElwain, who hails from Rochester, New York put himself on the map after an amazing high school basketball game. He scored 20 points in only four minutes.
His latest athletic endeavor was the Rochester marathon where he finished 15th with a time of 3 hours, 1 minute and 41 seconds.
With this time, McElwain has qualified for the Boston Marathon, which he hopes to run in 2014.
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