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Active for Autism 5k & Kids dash

Thank you for participating in the 2024 Active for Autism 5K & Kids Dash!

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interest list to get an email when registration opens for 2025!

Join us in person on Saturday, April 13th 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

Find more information about the in-person event below and here.

Can't make it in person?  Join us virtually!  The virtual event can be run, walked, cycled, or 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.   Find more information on the virtual race below and here.

In-person & virtual 5K: In-person & virtual 1/4 mile Kids Dash:               
$25: January 1 - 31
$30: February 1 - 29

$35: March 1 - 31
$40: April 1* - 13

*Virtual registration will close on April 6th

Registration Fee Includes:
  • Race T-Shirt
  • Custom Race Bib
  • Finish Line Tape (virtual participants)
  • Sponsor Giveaways
$10: January 1 - April 13*
*Virtual registration will close on April 6th

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

Online registration for the in-person race will close on Wednesday, April 10th 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 Friday, April 12th at the Arlington Potomac River Running store from 4 pm-7 pm.  Packet pick-up will also be available on race morning from 7 am - 7:30 am.

Register by March 13th to guarantee your shirt size!  All virtual participants who register for the virtual race by March 13th will have their race packet sent to them before April 1st.  Any virtual participant who registers after March 13th for the virtual event might not receive their race packet by April 1st.  

Are you 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 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.
    • Please note that virtual race registration will close on April 1st!
  • 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 12th.
  • 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 12th will be listed in the 2024 virtual runner results. The top 3 male and female virtual participants will be announced at the in-person event on April 13th.
  • 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 to win 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!