Astoria runners get ready for 5K run for local charity

September 1, 2017 by  

Astoria runners and running clubs are gearing up for the upcoming Next Steps 5k for Autism, which will be coming in a couple of weeks. This will be a run/walk event.

Entrance fees will be $25 per runner, and runners and walkers of all ages are invited. Over 31 teams have registered so far, and the top fundraisers can claim prizes such as gift certificates from local sports stores and restaurants. The runner who garners the most support will receive a trophy. At present, well over 100 supporters have established fundraising pages.

Promotional products such as T-shirts will be available at the event. Families will be donning shirts and heading out on the course with little ones and strollers, while seasoned competitors will be warming up at the starting line and setting the pace for the race. Spectators who cannot go on the walk/run will be supporting their favorite runners with banners.

Proceeds will go to services and programs of Quality Services for the Autism Community Serving New York City and Long Island (QSAC) that reach more than 2,400 adults and children here in Long Island and in New York City who have autism.

The run will be rain or shine and begin at 10:00 am sharp at Astoria Park, 19 Street and Hoyt Avenue North Astoria on Saturday, September 23. Registration will begin at 9:00 am on race day.