National Autism Awareness Month is right around the corner and the RUN staff here at the Organization for Autism Research challenge each and every one of you to go out into your local community and raise awareness, take action, and increase acceptance of individuals with autism. A great way to make a difference and show your support of autism research is by joining the RUN FOR AUTISM team and raising money for OAR. Now is a perfect time to join the RUN FOR AUTISM team or kick your current OAR fundraising into high gear!
RUN FOR AUTISM’s goal is to raise over $100,000 for the Organization for Autism Research during the month of April and have over 400 athletes signed up to dedicate their 2018 miles to autism research!
How you can help: Run a race and fundraise for OAR.
Taking on a fitness goal for a cause might just help you stick to your personal fitness goals. Pick any race – a neighborhood 5K, the state’s big marathon, a local triathlon, or something in between – and register on that race’s website. Then sign up for OAR’s DIY – Athletic Events program and raise money for autism research.
You can also join RUN FOR AUTISM at one of our featured events and guarantee your entry to a number of world class races and triathlons! If you have ever dreamed of racing through the nation’s capital, the Marine Corps Marathon is the race for you. Does shutting down New York City with 50,000 of your closest friends sound more your speed? Reserve your spot on our TCS New York City Marathon team! If you are looking for an excuse to have an adventure, dedicate your miles to autism research at the BMW Berlin Marathon or if you want to stay closer to home the Rock ‘n’ Roll Series, Tough Mudder, or The Super Run is sure to have a race nearby.
Want to support autism research without starting your own fundraiser? You can support a runner by making a donation to any of our RUN FOR AUTISM teammate and help them reach their fundraising goals.
Keep an eye out: New RUN FOR AUTISM fundraising resources.
Last year RUN FOR AUTISM introduced new fundraising resources including the Fundraising Toolkit and Social Media Toolkit, which have been a great success. In celebration of National Autism Awareness Month and to help RUN FOR AUTISM reach its goal of $100,000 raised in April, both resources will be updated over the next two months with new fundraising tips, shareable graphics, and customizable templates! Look forward to helpful new resources including customizable fundraising posters, impactful GIFs for social media, Facebook profile picture frames, and much more. RUN staff will also be presenting a series of webinars focused on creating the best fundraising page and best practices for a successful social fundraising campaign. Keep an eye out on the RUN Facebook page and your inbox for more information on these new resources!
Spread the word: Help us raise awareness!
April, being National Autism Awareness Month, is all about raising awareness of individuals with autism. A simple and great way you can raise awareness in your day-to-day life is by wearing your OAR gear during your normal fitness routine. All previous RUN FOR AUTISM teammates should already have their teal OAR racing singlets and new members will receive one after raising at least $50 for autism research. Break out that bad-boy and hit the trails, gym, or yoga studio. You never know who you might inspire!
Go even farther and join the #RUNFORAUTISM community on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Strava. Make a personal goal of posting twice in the month of April on social media promoting autism awareness, the RUN FOR AUTISM team, or your personal OAR fundraising campaign. Make sure to tag RUN FOR AUTISM in your post and to use #RUNFORAUTISM so we can see and possibly share your post. Extra props to anyone wearing OAR gear!