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5K Walk

The 5K Walk has been a part of our event since its inception in 2005.  It will consist of 3 loops around the fairgrounds complex. The route will be clearly marked and will consist of paved and hard-packed trail sections. It is friendly for both strollers and wagons.

You will enjoy the company of hundreds of other walkers, the changing leaves on the trees and signs of encouragement posted along the route. If you feel compelled to bring your 4-legged family members, please be sure they are comfortable around large crowds (including being petted by strangers) and that they are leashed the entire time.

We encourage you to form a Walk Team to extend the reach our efforts. We have included a team captain document on the website to assist you with making this a successful endeavor. Forming a team of family, friends, and co-workers is a great way to honor someone you know with autism.

On-site registration and check in for the Walk will begin at 9:00, with the Walk getting underway at 11:00 following brief remarks by the Walk Coordinator and others that will include announcement of our three top fundraisers!

5K Timed Run 

Our 5K Run has become very popular since we added it to our event. The route is an out and back that takes you off the fairgrounds property and onto the neighboring streets. It will be clearly marked and volunteers and police personnel will be stationed along the way to ensure runner safety. It will traverse residential streets, sidewalks and hard packed trails; it is flat and there is a water tent at the halfway point.

Timing will be provided by Run Time Fitness and they will post results following the race. All runners will be issued a Radio Frequency Identification (RFI) chip that attaches to their shoe, which will used to be accurately record run times. Please be sure to look for volunteers collecting the chips following the conclusion of the race. Awards will be given out to the top two male finishers and top two female finishers in the following age categories:
10 and under
11 – 14
15 – 19
20 – 29
30 – 39
40 – 49
50 – 59

Additionally, we will acknowledge the overall top male finisher and overall top female finisher. 

All those participating in the Run will receive a t-shirt and runner bag.

On-site registration and check-in for pre-registered runners will begin at 7:00 am. The 5K Run will start at 8:30 am.