Inaugural Meadows Miler Race Elicits Big Turnout for Autism

Let Me Run participants, coaches, and their families get ready for the 5K to begin

The inaugural run of Meadows Miler, a 10K/5K/1-mile fun run, on Saturday, November 4th in Rosedale Park is being celebrated as an enormous success. More than $23,000 was raised for Princeton Child Development Institute’s (PCDI) autism programs for children and adults. Approximately 500 runners and walkers participated, including 90 boys from Central Jersey’s Let Me Run chapter.

Patrick R. Progar, Executive Director of PCDI, noted, “Meadows Miler far exceeded our expectations in terms of number of runners, money raised, and friendships started. Our thanks go out to the Mercer County Parks Commission for allowing us to host the run on the beautiful trail system as well as the many volunteers, vendors, runners, and walkers who supported PCDI on a gorgeous fall day!”

Jen and Tom Nolte, founders of Meadows Miler who spearheaded organizational efforts, were gratified not only by the overall success of the run, but by the many individuals and local community partners who turned out. Jen stated, “It was terrific to see people come to Meadows Miler from so many walks of life— single runners, parents with their kids, people with disabilities, serious runners, and newcomers all gathered together under bright blue skies. It was the culmination of a dream and a lot of hard work that was all worth it in the end!”

Added Michelle Brennan, Central NJ Program Coordinator for Let Me Run, “Our Central New Jersey Let Me Run teams were honored to participate in PCDI’s Meadows Miler 5K. The setting couldn’t have been more beautiful, with the course weaving through our local Rosedale Park and Lawrence Hopewell Trail. However, what made the race most rewarding for our teams was knowing that our participation was supporting individuals with autism. It was the perfect culminating event to end our season, an inspiring and encouraging environment where we were celebrating athletes of all abilities. Thank you, PCDI, for the memorable experience and for bestowing a sense of accomplishment and pride in our Let Me Run boys.”

For 47 years, PCDI has been a pioneer in autism research, applying effective, science-based techniques to improve and advance the quality of life for their students. The funds raised by this event ensure that PCDI staff can continue providing the highest level of care to the individuals in their programs, which include early intervention, preschool and K-12 education, life skills development, job skills training, and group homes. Visit for additional information.

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