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Alec's Run Taking Place Saturday

Race will honor life of 16-month-old son and raise awareness of SUV danger to children.

Hundreds of Half Hollow Hills residents will lace up their running shoes on Saturday, April 28 to honor the life of 16-month-old Alec William Nelson, who was tragically killed when a grandparent accidentally backed over him with an SUV due to the vehicle’s blind spot.

The Nelson family turned their loss into hope by establishing Alec’s Run, eight years ago. The 4-mile run aims to spread awareness of deadly blind spots behind vehicles. It also raises money to support Kids and Cars, Hospice Care Network and helps give aid to needy children through Alec’s Foundation.

Alec’s parents Bill and Adriann spoke at the board of education meeting last Thursday to encourage families to support the cause by particiapting in the race and children's 1K Fun Run.

“The kids come across the finish line like they just won the Olympics,” Bill said.

The couple is also currently lobbying to have backup cameras installed in new SUVs by year 2014. 

Runners will be treated to a post-race spread and a pasta lunch courtesy of Spuntino’s of Dix Hills. Raffles and prizes, including hotel stays and 100 Mets tickets will also be given out throughout the day.

The race will take place at High School West, starting at 9:30 a.m. The Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. Participants can register by emailing alecsrun@yahoo.com or at Alecsrunli.com.

Checks can also be made out to Alec’s Run, 999 Grand Blvd., Deer Park, NY.

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