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Musician runs for Autism awareness in Boston Marathon

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Leo Rosales is a musician — and a runner.

In the past seven years, the Latin musician and former member of the group Malo, ran 20 marathons,50 half marathons, several 50K's, 50 milers, and 6 and 12 hour ultra endurance races, as well as 1000's of training miles, always with an eye for the Boston Marathon.

He made four unsuccessful attempts, but never gave up.

Overcoming personal challenges, Rosales 60, ran the Brazen Racing Western Pacific Marathon with a Boston qualifying time of 3:52:07. The official Boston qualifying time was 3:55:00 for his group.

Qualifying for the Boston Marathon is more than a personal triumph for Rosales.

He is running on April 21 to raise funds for Autism awareness, specifically the Alex Speaks Foundation.

Alex Speaks is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to helping San Francisco Bay Area schools serving children with autism every day while raising awareness to the causes and treatments for this disorder.

The Foundation's goal is to help support schools working with autism by contributing to autistic programs at local schools. The Alex Speaks Foundation came about from an annual event that was started nine years ago in conjunction with the release of the book "The Voices of Latin Rock" and the subsequent shows after its initial event.

Rosales said that he is privileged and honored to be running in such a prestigious race to support such an important cause.

Proceeds will be given to the MIND Institute.

For more information about supporting Rosales’ run in the Boston Marathon, call 415.285.7719 or visit www.alexspeaks.org.

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