OAR is kicking off Autism Awareness Month with our third annual Active for Autism 5K & Kids Dash from April 1 to April 11. Last year COVID-19 forced OAR to change what was originally scheduled as a local running event to a virtual 5K. It turned out to be a great success with more than 500 runners from 34 states and six countries combining to raise more than $70,000.
This year’s event will also be virtual. To participate, you can run, walk, cycle, or swim at your own pace, on your own time, from wherever you are! Between April 1 and April 11, take on a 5K course right outside your front door, inside your home on a treadmill/trainer, or be creative and find a new course somewhere fun! Kids 12 and under are welcome to participate in the Kids Dash by completing a virtual race of any distance that is suitable for them. All Kids Dash participants will receive a custom bib and finishers ribbon.
In addition to spreading the autism awareness message across the country, the event raises money for OAR’s Changing Lives Fund. Our goal is to raise $80,000, enough to fund two new OAR research studies. Any funds raised over $80,000 will be used to support OAR’s mission to apply research to the challenges of autism. By raising funds for OAR and autism research, you are changing lives for autistic individuals and their families for the better.
All Active for Autism Virtual 5K participants will receive a race t-shirt, race bib, and be eligible for fundraising prizes. All Kids Dash participants will receive a race bib and finisher’s ribbon.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the Active for Autism Virtual 5K, please email .
Register today for the Active For Autism Virtual 5K, and then get started by setting up a fundraising page and making a personal donation.