Friends With Autism 5K and Walk

1090 Kings Avenue

Saturday, July 9, 2022

5K at 8:00 a.m. | 1 Mile at 9:00 a.m.


About this Race

Join us in-person or online as we RUN, WALK, STIM! at the 5th Annual Friends With Autism 5K /Walk on Saturday, July 9th on the Southbank of Jacksonville, FL! Join us for the fun!

  • Join us for the community!
  • Join us to help the 1 in 44 with autism!
  • Join us to support the estimated 21,900+ families and people with autism in Northeast Florida!

The Friends With Autism 5K/Walk is more than just a Run and a Walk – it’s a fun time for the entire community to come together and raise awareness, acceptance, and support for families and people on the autism spectrum in Northeast Florida!

We hope you join us to help us raise awareness, acceptance, and support for those on the autism spectrum!

Email Communication

All communications including event promotions, bib number assignment, results problems, and runner instructions are done by email from 1st Place Sports. If you sign up for an event and do not receive an email from 1st Place Sports and want to receive them, please make sure that 1st Place Sports emails are not going to your junk mail.

Entry Fees

5K1 Mile Fun Run 12 and Under1 Mile Fun Run 13 and Over
Through May 31st$25$10$20
June 1st -June 24th$30$10$20
Race Day$35$10$20

Sorry, there are absolutely no refunds or transfers!

 

Register Now!

Online Registration:

» Click Here to Register Online

Online registration closes early. After online registration closes, you can still register in any 1st Place Sports store or on Race day. By signing up late, you are not guaranteed a shirt at packet pickup or on race day.

In person:

You can register at any of our 1st Place Sports stores on our instore computers.

Fundraising

Fundraising and donating has its perks…The Friends With Autism 5K and Walk benefits Northeast Florida families, people on the autism spectrum, schools, and helps MS4A fulfill its mission and vision.  When we raise awareness here…  Funds raised will stay here!  Funds raised will be returned to our community to provide direct services in the form of grant support/assistance, free Sensory Bags to students and schools, community inclusion/accessibility, and programs/services for local families and people with autism.   Donate or Start your Individual/Family, School, or Corporate Team!

DONATE:  Not interested in starting a team?  Click here to donate

INDIVIDUAL/FAMILY TEAMS raising the minimum fundraising amounts receive a Friends With Autism grant to cover the cost of:  assessments/evaluations, school tuition, home/private school: supplies/equipment/software, therapy, assistive technology, adaptive equipment, medical copays, medical services, summer camp, tutoring, and more!!

$2500 and up – $1,000

$1500 to $2499 – $500

$1000 to $1499 – $250

The top three SCHOOL TEAMS fundraising over $2,500 will receive a MS4A Deluxe Sensory Bags for their classrooms:

1st Place – 10 bags

2nd Place – 5 bags

3rd Place – 2 bags

The top three CORPORATE TEAMS fundraising over $2,500 will receive a MS4A Deluxe Sensory Bags donated to the school of their choice:

1st Place – 10 bags

2nd Place – 5 bags

3rd Place – 2 bags

Click here for fundraising

Individual and Team fundraising registration opening shortly via Fundly.  ***   All Sensory Bags will be delivered August 2022 to schools and students in Northeast Florida.

Packet Pickup

Packets will be available for pick up at the 1st Place Sports Baymeadows store location on Friday, July 8th from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. All packets will be moved to the race site for raceday pick up beginning an hour before the race.

Baymeadows Store: 3931 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32217

Post Race Celebration

Make sure you come early and/or stick around for the Pre, Post, and Online event activities:  onsite/online health & resource fair, music, children’s activities, character appearances, speakers, and so much more!  The health & resource fair of this event is open and free to the public.  

Awards

Top three men and women overall, Top master female & male, Top three finishers male & female in each catagory:  9 & under, 10-12, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+.

5K Finishers will receive a T-shirt and Medal.

One-Mile Finishers children receive Medal and all participants receive a T shirt!

 

Sponsors

Sponsorship and Vendors

Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available.  Email info@makingstridesforautism.org.

Vendor opportunities are available for both the onsite and online Resource Fair.

*** Onsite vendor spaces are limited due to COVID guidelines.

Course Restrictions

Bikes and dogs (unless service dog) are not allowed on the course under any circumstance. Biking next to a runner could lead to the runner being disqualified.