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Market Voice: Wall Street Rides FAR Helps Fund Autism Research

Wall Street Rides FAR

Amanda Perrucci

Amanda Perrucci

No one will deny that Wall Street can be a competitive place. But Bryan and Melissa Harkins have found the perfect way to put those competitive energies to good use—and for a good cause.

The annual Wall Street Rides FAR charity event brings together hundreds of people from across the financial markets to benefit autism research. Now in its fourth year, the event has raised a cumulative total of roughly $1 million. The funds go to the Autism Science Foundation, which provides assistance to scientists and researchers studying the genetic causes behind the disorder.

The annual event was launched by Bryan and Melissa as a way to leverage their connections on Wall Street and their interest in fitness. Bryan is an executive vice president at Cboe Global Markets and co-head of its markets division, and Melissa is a former equities trader who recently launched a women’s cycling and apparel company. Both of them have completed the famous Ironman Triathlon that consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26-mile marathon run.

The annual event was launched by Bryan and Melissa as a way to leverage their connections on Wall Street and their interest in fitness. Bryan is an executive vice president at Cboe Global Markets and co-head of its markets division, and Melissa is a former equities trader who recently launched a women’s cycling and apparel company. Both of them have completed the famous Ironman Triathlon that consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26-mile marathon run.

“My wife Melissa and I had long wanted to use our Wall Street networks to bring people together for a cause,” Bryan said. “Autism had our interest from the very beginning because it affects so many in our communities, whether directly or indirectly.”

This year’s event took place on Oct. 13 in White Plains, N.Y. More than 200 riders participated, with some opting for an ambitious 62- mile route around Saxon Woods Country Park and others opting to bring their families on a more leisurely 4-mile ride.

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