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Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism Presents 14th Annual Eastern Bank Flutie 5K

Posted by boston.com  September 16, 2013 12:45 PM

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Hundreds of runners will take to the streets next month as they participate in the 14th Annual Eastern Bank Flutie 5K.

The Natick-based race will begin at MetroWest Medical Center on Oct. 20 at 11:20 a.m., leading runners through a scenic route across the town. In addition, two-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman will be at this year's event, according to a press release. The race draws an average of 1,200 runners each year.

“Laurie and I always look forward to the 5K and the immense support the Foundation receives from the local community,” says Doug Flutie, who, along with his wife, Laurie, established the race in honor of their son who was diagnosed with autism when he was 3-years-old. Their son, Doug, Jr., is now 21.

A post-race meal will be hosted by Wegmans. Dunkin Donuts and Orange leaf will also provide treats and frozen yogurt. Kids can jump around in a bouncy house, decorate pumpkins and get glitter tattoos. Wally the Green Monster will also be visiting.

“Friends and families, as well as members of the community come out each year to race to the finish line and to help support the work of the Flutie Foundation," Doug Flutie said. "We welcome everyone to join us for a fun-filled day.”

Awards are given to overall male, female and wheelchair winners, in addition to the top three in each age group. More information about the race can be found here.

Registration for the race is still open at http://www.flutiefoundation.org/, or on the morning of the race at MetroWest Medical Center from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Adult registration is $25 and under-15 registration is $15.

Wheelchair registrants must register by Oct. 4.

MetroWest Medical Center is located at 67 Union Street in Natick.

Shandana Mufti can be reached at malika.mufti@globe.com.

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