Lifeskills Run for Autism has great turn-out, support

A group of kids cheer on a runner in the Lifeskills Run for Autism on Saturday morningu002e Participants signed up for a four mile race to raise money for the Kelly Autism ProgramDOROTHY EDWARDSHERALD

Lucas Aulbach

A crowd of more than 300 people attended the Lifeskills Run for Autism, a competitive run designed to raise money for WKU’s Kelly Autism Program, this morning.

There was also family-friendly events such as a four mile wheelchair race and a one mile family walk.

The event was at the Bowling Green Ballpark, home of local minor league baseball team the Bowling Green Hot Rods.  

The ball park is located at 8th Ave. and Center Street.

Many organizations such as Cub Scout Pack #610 came to support runners, some with signs and shirts supporting the cause.

Entertainment at the ballpark during the race included inflatables for children, free corn hole games and an appearance by WKU’s mascot, Big Red.

The event drew a registered crowd of more than 350 plus people, race co-director Matt Idlett said.

This is the third year that the race has happened, he said, and it has continued to grow each year.

“This is really a great family event,” he said. “The community deserves this.”