PAINTSVILLE — The Highlands Foundation kicked off Autism Awareness Month by hosting its fourth annual Autism Jigsaw 5K on Saturday, April 6, beginning at the Highlands Medical Office Building in Paintsville. Approximately 275 people registered for the event.
Between registrations and donations, the race yielded roughly $17,000 in funds for the Highlands Center for Autism.
The event began with a Kids’ Fun Run. This year’s first- and second-place winners were Olivia and Aaron Lawson, children of Shane and Kelly Lawson, Physical Therapists at Highlands Health System, and third-place was awarded to Alexis Hayden.
The 5K run/walk included several categories, the first being teen-25 age group, with first place for the men’s group being awarded to Zach Wright, second to Ryan Kelly, and third to Colton Boleyn. The women’s group first-place award went to Bethany Tackett, and second place to Courtney Maiden.
The next age group was 25-50. Within this age division, Jerry Slone was awarded first place, Shane Lawson awarded second place, and Justin King received third place. In the women’s division, first place was given to Karen Stapleton, second place to Crystal Frazier, and third to Bobbi Campbell.
The final age group was the 50 and over group. The men’s group first-place award went to Michael Holbrook, second place to Archie Everage, and third place to Jacob Parsons. Di Clark was awarded first place for the women’s category.
The last award that was given was out overall men’s and women’s awards. The overall men’s winner was Noah Copley and the overall women’s winner was Kelly Lawson.
The next event to benefit the Highlands Center for Autism will be the Cast a Line for Autism Event on Saturday, April 20, at Paintsville Lake. To register, or for more information, call (606) 889-6271.
To learn more about Highlands Center for Autism, visit highlandsautism.org or call (606) 889-6115.