LRCS Autism Center announces 4th Annual Walkathon

LACONIA — The 4th Annual Autism Center Walk-A-Thon will be held on Sunday, May 18, 10-1 p.m., on the WOW Trail. This event has grown considerably in its relatively short history.

One of the things that make the Walkathon very special is its group of dedicated sponsors. Every small business sponsoring the Walkathon – Kara Financial, Syl Lapierre Masonry, Peanuts Auto, and Right Angle Construction, is connected to a child who has been enrolled in the Autism Center. In addition to sponsoring the event, these parents, relatives and friends are also volunteers and fundraisers. "We are incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful group of parents and family members who believe in the mission of the Autism Center and have committed to giving back year after year," said LRCS Director of Development Joanne Piper Lang.

The Autism Center empowers parents to educate, encourage, support and advocate for their child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. In a natural, child-friendly environment, the Autism Center's team teaches parents strategies that they can incorporate into their everyday family routines. The teaching model provides measurable goals and objectives. Staff works with each family to meet its specific needs.

Last year's event attracted more than 200 walkers and raised $14,000 to help provide access to services for children and parents. The Walkathon begins and ends at Lakes Region Community Services in Downtown Laconia, the home of the Autism Center. Our Main Office is conveniently located at 719 North Main St. (across from the Laconia Clinic and adjacent to the entrance of the WOW Trail). Participants walk the length of the WOW Trail then turn around and return to LRCS. The route is approximately 3.2 miles.

The community is welcome to participate. Go to to register online through Eventbrite. Let us know you're coming, your T-shirt size (raise at least $25 and get an official Autism Center T-shirt) and whether you'll join us for lunch following the walk. The Region III Family Support Council is sponsoring lunch immediately following the Walkathon - grilling hotdogs and serving snacks and soft drinks. It's a great chance to unwind and socialize for a bit after completing the walk.

LRCS has offices in Laconia and Plymouth which combine to serve families residing throughout Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties. For more information contact Joanne Piper Lang at 603-5224-8891or visit