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Join OAR to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month with The RUN FOR AUTISM’s fifth annual Active for Autism 5K & Kids Dash. The in-person 5K & Kids Dash event will take place in Alexandria, Va., on Sunday, April 16, beginning at 8:00 a.m. The family-friendly event will feature a safe, flat, and fast out-and-back course, kids dash, and post-race celebration.

Participate virtually

If you can’t make it in person, participate virtually. You can run, walk, cycle, or swim at your own pace, on your own time, from wherever you are between April 1 and April 15. 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.

Support OAR’s goal to change lives

In addition to spreading the autism awareness message across the country, the event raises money for OAR’s Changing Lives Fund. Our goal for the 5K 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. The name of the fund comes from OAR’s mission: Raise Money. Fund Research. Change Lives. Through your support for the Active for Autism 5K & Kids Dash, you are directly supporting OAR’s ultimate objective: to change lives.

Join us to raise our goal of $80,000

Last year, the 2022 Active for Autism Virtual 5K & Kids Dash attracted more than 250 runners from 39 states and 10 countries combining forces to raise more than $58,000. We hope that this year’s combined format will result in more runners running, more kids dashing, and even more overall fun.

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

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


If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2023 Active for Autism 5K & Kids Dash, please email