Beautiful People sets attendance record at annual fall 5k/1k fun run

Warwick. Annual event raises funds for organization’s adaptive sports programming.

13 Nov 2019 | 04:07

On Sunday, Nov. 10, a crowd of well over 100 participants braved unseasonable cold weather to complete 5K and 1K events in Wickham Woodlands Park.

The event began at Beautiful People’s adaptive baseball field in the former Mid-Orange Correctional facility, and looped around the training facility for Hudson Sports Complex.

The annual 5k/1k run, open to competitive runners as well as walkers of all ages, brought together Beautiful People’s families, supporters and young athletes for a day of community and competition.

Beautiful People is a community sports organization and 501(c)3 nonprofit, founded by Peter Ladka in 2006.

The organization provides adaptive baseball, soccer, basketball and cheerleading for children and young adults with developmental disabilities and physical challenges, ages five and older.

The purpose is to enables joy, inspires hope, and fulfills dreams among children with disabilities and their families.

Hudson Sports Complex served as co-host of the event.

Other sponsors included: Nourish Your Mind; Judelson, Giordano and Siegel; Move Physio; Five Star Construction; Ken Bento: Expense Reduction Analysts and the Disability Opportunity Fund.

The top three 5K male finishers were Ryan Mistretta Alex Mistretta and RJ Dovico.

The top three 5K female finishers were Alice Beutel Alyssa Dovico and Stephanie Langone

Beautiful People also completed its 2019 fall soccer season earlier this month and is currently holding its first season of winter soccer skills training on Monday nights in Warwick.

Basketball season begins in January at BOCES in Goshen and there is still space available for interested athletes.

For additional information to volunteer or learn about Beautiful People adaptive sports programs, email:, visit or call 845-986-5944.

- Roger Gavan