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Active for Autism 5k & Kids dash

Thank you to everyone who participated in the
2023 Active for Autism 5K & Kids Dash!

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The 2023 Active for Autism 5K & Kids Dash will take place in April, Autism Acceptance Month, and be an in-person & virtual event! 

Join us in person on April 16th in Alexandria, VA on Main Line Blvd. near George Washington Middle School for a fun, family-friendly event! 

8 a.m. - 5K Start
9 a.m. - Kids Dash Start

Click on REGISTER and select the in-person registration option. 

Can't make it in person?  Join us virtually!  The virtual event can be run, walked, cycled, swam at your own pace, in your own time, from wherever you are!  Ideally, it would be on a course near your front door, inside your home on a treadmill/trainer, or get creative and find a new, fun course to race.  Click on REGISTER and select the virtual registration option.

In-person & virtual 5K: In-person & virtual Kids Dash:               
$25: January 1 - 31
$30: February 1 - 28

$35: March 1 - 31
$40: April 1 - 16

Registration Fee Includes:
  • Race T-Shirt
  • Custom Race Bib
  • Finish Line Tape (virtual participants)
  • Special participant bag for first 300 participants
$10: January 1 - April 16

Registration Fee Includes:
  • Kids Finisher medal
  • Custom Race Bib
  • Finish Line Tape (virtual participants)

Online registration will close on Thursday, April 13th at 8 pm EST.   Participants can register at packet pick-up and on race morning.  Packet pick-up for all in-person participants will be on Saturday, April 15th at the Ballston Potomac River Running location from 11 am - 3 pm.  Packet pick-up will be available on race morning from 7 am - 7:30 am.

Register by March 15th to guarantee your shirt size!  All virtual participants who register for the virtual race by March 15th will have their race packet sent to them before April 1st.  Any virtual participant who registers after March 15th for the virtual event might not receive their race packet by April 1st.  

Looking for a fun way to get friends and family involved? Whether you're running in-person or virtually you can create a 5K team when registering or you join an existing team by logging into your account and clicking on 'create or join a team' from your dashboard. Once you're on a team encourage family and friends to register and join! Both in-person and virtual participants can be on a team together. Everyone on the top 2 fundraising teams will receive a special OAR swag item! 

active for autism virtual 5K & Kids dash
How it works:
  • Sign Up!
    • Register online for the virtual race.
  • Complete Your Virtual Race
    • Pick the course you want to race and complete your Active for Autism Virtual 5K and/or Kids Dash between April 1st and April 15th.
  • Take A Finish Line Photo
    • We want to see you at the finish line! Take a selfie when you finish your distance. Post to social media, tag @runforautism and use the hashtags #ActiveForAutism5K and #RUNFORAUTISM.
  • Submit Your Results
    • All Active for Autism Virtual 5K & Kids Dash participants who complete their race and submit their results by April 15th will be listed in the 2023 virtual runner results. The top 3 male and female virtual participants will be announced at the in-person event on April 16th.
  • Have Fun! 
Support autism research and win great prizes! Whether you are running, walking, cycling, swimming, or just cheering others on you can fundraise to support OAR. Setting up your fundraiser is quick and easy.
  • Click on Register, then log in.
  • Select your fundraising option – you can participate and fundraise, or just set up a fundraiser.
  • Complete the online registration. 
  • Edit your fundraising page and begin sharing!
All fundraisers are eligible for winning our top prizesAnyone who fundraises or donates at least $150 will receive a special OAR swag item that will be announced soon.  Raise $500 and select another OAR swag item of your choice! 

Everyone on the top two fundraising teams will receive an OAR swag item.

Social Media: 
Remember to post your race photos on social media with the hashtags #RUNFORAUTISM  #ActiveForAutism5K and tag @runforautism. Not on social media?  Email the photo to run@researchautism.org!