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Join OAR to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month with the sixth annual Active for Autism 5K & Kids Dash. This fitness and fundraising event spreads autism awareness and acceptance in our communities and raises money for OAR’s Changing Lives Fund, a fund dedicated to OAR’s goal to raise money, fund research and change lives. You can help. Run, walk, and fundraise to support OAR this spring. 

Participate In Person or Virtually

The in-person 5K & Kids Dash will take place in Alexandria, Va., on Saturday, April 13, beginning at 8:00 a.m. This family-friendly event features a fast, flat, and spectator friendly out-and-back course, kids dash, and post-race celebration. 

If you can’t make it in person, participate virtually. Take on a 5k your way any time between April 1 and 12. Run, walk, cycle, or swim at a place and time that suits you; we will supply the finish line tape. Take on a 5K right outside your front door, stay inside on a treadmill, or find somewhere new to explore. Kids 12 and under are also welcome to participate in the Kids Dash by completing a virtual race of any distance suitable for them.  

All Active for Autism 5K participants will receive a race t-shirt and bib and are eligible for fundraising prizes. All Kids Dash participants will receive a race bib and finisher’s ribbon. Register today!  

Help Us Meet Our $80,000 Goal

Last year, the 2023 Active for Autism Virtual 5K & Kids Dash attracted nearly 400 runners from 27 states and three countries, combining forces to raise more than $50,000. This year, we aim to raise $80,000, enough to fund a new OAR research study and distribute autism resources around the country. Through your support of the Active for Autism 5K & Kids Dash, you are directly supporting OAR’s ultimate objective: to change lives. 

We’re counting down to race day and look forward to seeing you there. 

Sponsorship

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2024 Active for Autism 5K & Kids Dash, please email run@researchautism.org and check out our sponsorship information.