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RUN FOR AUTISM Spring Race Preview

RUN FOR AUTISM Spring Race Preview

From the California coast to New York City to London and a few places in between, RUN FOR AUTISM has an exciting spring race schedule ahead. Over 200 runners have registered for our six spring events, raising over $125,000 so far.

United Airlines NYC Half Is Around the Corner

In March, 39 RUN FOR AUTISM team members will race through Brooklyn and Manhattan and cross the finish line in Central Park to complete the 2024 United Airlines NYC Half. Rhonda Smith will be running with her 16-year-old autistic son. “We are both so excited to do this once-in-a-lifetime run together,” she said.

Teammate Susan Luliano is also running for her son. This is her third RUN FOR AUTISM race in the last three years. “To be connected with other runners who also want to raise awareness for autism makes me feel proud.”

The team roster is filled, but you can join OAR in NYC in 2025! Sign up for OAR’s interest list for next year’s race.

Active for Autism 5K and Kids Dash Is Waiting for You

The sixth annual Active for Autism 5K and Kids Dash returns in support of Autism Awareness Month this April with in-person and virtual options. Create a team with friends and family, win fundraising prizes, and help us reach our goal of raising $80,000 through this event to fund a new research study and further OAR’s mission to apply research to the challenges of autism.

If you live in the Washington, DC metro area, join us in person on April 13 in Alexandria, Va., for a fast, fun, and family-friendly race. Or join virtually to run anywhere, anytime between April 1 and 12. Whichever option you choose, you’ll receive a race t-shirt, race bib, and sponsor giveaways. Learn more and register today!

TCS London Marathon Team Is Gearing Up

On April 21, a team of 22 RUN FOR AUTISM runners will take on the 2024 TCS London Marathon. For the first time, the RUN staff will be there in London to cheer on our runners.

Sarah Wiliarty runs for her daughter, who was diagnosed with autism a year ago. “Being part of the RUN FOR AUTISM team means that her diagnosis is leading us to celebration, advocacy, travel, and adventure. It’s hard to express how this has shifted our experience,” she said.

If this sounds like a great opportunity, don’t delay! Get on the interest list for the 2025 race to save a spot.

Join OAR for the Big Sur International Marathon

A week later, on the other side of the globe, RUN athletes will follow California Highway 1 from Big Sur to Carmel-by-the-Sea for the iconic Big Sur International Marathon. Team member Aaron Burros chose OAR for several reasons. “My mom was a foster parent to kids on the spectrum” he said. “I needed to gain hope back in humanity after getting shot several times in a workplace shooting.”

Spots are still open on OAR’s team for this scenic, one-of-a-kind marathon. Register before March 18 for a guaranteed entry into this sold-out race!

OAR Has Open Spots for DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon

With races including a 5K, half marathon, marathon, toddler trot, and pet walk, the Pittsburgh Marathon on May 4 and 5 has an event for everyone. By joining the RUN FOR AUTISM team and fundraising, athletes receive a refunded race entry fee. Learn more about OAR’s team and register today!

Take On a California Triathlon

Looking for a challenge beyond running? Join OAR triathletes for the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon on June 9. Athletes start with a plunge into San Francisco Bay near Alcatraz Island before embarking on an 18-mile bike ride over the hills and an eight-mile run through the sand of Baker Beach and up the famous 400-step sand ladder. Learn more and sign up to save your spot!

We are so proud of all of our RUN FOR AUTISM athletes taking on events this spring. We’d love to have you join the team and dedicate your miles to autism research. Please take a look out our full upcoming race calendar and contact the RUN staff at with any questions.

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