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Bloomberg: Speed Traders Race for Autism Research on Wall Street Bike Ride

Wall Street Rides FAR

Mark Dowd

Mark Dowd

Suited up in a white sweat-wicking jersey and compression shorts, Chris Marino steered into a rest stop near mile 44 of the trading industry’s annual fall bike ride for autism research. Colleagues and friends in matching apparel pulled up alongside him Saturday, some grousing about the punishing hills on the 62-mile course.

As the group refueled on Jif To Go peanut butter pouches, Gatorade, mini pretzels and Chewy bars, Marino, director of sales at GTT Communications Inc., flashed a conspiratorial grin.

“We tell people it’s flat to get them to come out here,” said Marino, a board member of the event, Wall Street Rides Far, who has two nephews and a godson on the spectrum.

Marino was among the more than 100 electronic traders, exchange representatives and their kin who took on the steep roads of Westchester County, New York, in the ride set against the first auburn and ocher leaves of fall.

Executives and employees from high-speed trading firms Hudson River Trading, Two Sigma and XTX Markets, as well as exchange operators Bats Global Markets, the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq Inc. and IEX Group Inc. joined the event, which earned more than $270,000 for the Autism Science Foundation.

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