Beautiful weather and nearly 150 participants made for a very enthusiastic and successful 5K Walk/Run for Autism last weekend.

On Saturday, May 13, a large group of students, staff, families, supporters and local businesses came together on the League School campus for the school’s tenth annual 5K celebration. In total, nearly $40,000 was raised to help the school further its mission of offering excellence in autism education to its students. 

Donations are still coming in for the event, and can be made here

The event featured a two-loop course that started and ended at the front of the school and took participants through the surrounding neighborhood. Walkers and runners passed by the school’s playground and residences as well as the site of the future Career Education Center

The first-place finisher in the men’s group was Michael Federer, with a time of 25:52. First place in the woman’s group was Sarah Lussier, with a time of 29:46.

League School CEO Larry Sauer spoke before the event, thanking everyone for their participation and acknowledging those who contributed to the event’s success. 

Booths were set up where guests could purchase League School gear or items made by students in the vocational center, enjoy snacks and beverages, and more. Pre-race refreshments were courtesy of Wegman’s, and a post-race reception was held at nearby Beacons Restaurant. 

Local residents John and Kyle served as DJs for the event, providing music before and after the race.

The League School thanks its many sponsors for making the Tenth Annual 5K Walk/Run for Autism possible: Christopher Catanese Children’s Foundation, O’LYN Roofing, Direct Federal Credit Union, AAFCPAs, Middlesex Savings Bank, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools Norwood, Dempsey Insurance Agency, Dedham Savings and McDonald’s.

For a full photo gallery from the event, click here.

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Matthew Reid is the Marketing Manager for League School of Greater Boston.