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2022 Race for Autism SUPERHERO Event
Saturday, April 2, 2022


Join us for the 18th annual Race for Autism for WORLD AUTISM ACCEPTANCE DAY in beautiful Balboa Park as SUPERHEROES, big and small come together to run or walk in support of those with autism. Race registration includes a Race T-shirt, commemorative medal and bib. We will also have music, refreshments, children’s activities and an informational Resource Fair with an amazing lineup of autism vendors.

Superhero Race Details


REGISTER for the Race for Autism SUPERHERO 5K or 1 mile Family Walk event Click HERE . You can choose from a 5K Superhero Run, 5K Walk or one mile Family Walk! All courses run through the scenic heart of beautiful Balboa Park. We also have a virtual "Race from Home" option for those that wish to blaze their own trial!
For common registration questions - see FAQ.

TEAM UP! Assemble your team of superheroes to go the distance with you and make a bigger impact! So grab your family members and friends (and don't forget those out of town) and let's be SUPERHEROES for autism!


Simply register for the Race for Autism to receive a super-cool Race t-shirt, Race bib and Superhero medal!

Before Dec 31 Jan 1- 31 Feb 1-28 March 1- 31 Race Day April 2
ADULTS ( 18+ yrs old) $25.00 $30.00 $35.00 $40.00 $45.00
YOUTH (13-17 yrs old) $25.00 $25.00 $30.00 $35.00 $40.00
CHILDREN (12 yrs old and under) $20.00 $25.00 $25.00 $30.00 $35.00
RACE FROM HOME NOTE: US mailing only. No international mailing $30.00 $35.00 $40.00 $40.00 $45.00


Race Disclaimer: The Race for Autism is a fundraising event. In the event of weather, natural disturbances, police activity, acts or threats of terrorism and national emergencies, the Race may be altered, postponed or cancelled. No refunds will be given but registration fees will be transferred to a 100% tax deductible donation. Transfers of entry to another individual is allowed until March 15, 2022.

PRE-RACE BIB AND T-SHIRT PICKUP  Pick up early and be ready for the dance warm up and Start Line on Race Day!

     Sunday, March 27
      10AM - 2 PM

      Road Runner Sports
      5549 Copley Dr., San Diego, CA 92111

        Not Registered yet? You can Register in person at Pre Race Pick up.



***Race Day Information***

Race registration, Start and Finish lines, Stage, music and Resource Fair are all located in the grassy area on the south side of El Prado between 6th and Balboa Drive. This is the west entrance to Balboa Park. MAP

Plan to arrive early to park and walk over to the Stage/ Start Line. We will be closing streets in Balboa Park and on 6th street by 7:00 AM

Race Day Schedule
6:30 AM      Registration Opens
***** Join Us at the Stage (by Start Line) to warm up and go! *****
7:05 AM      Dance Warm up
7:15 AM      National Anthem

7:25 AM      5K Timed Run Start
7:30 AM      Resource Fair Opens
8:30 AM      One Mile Walk Start
9:20 AM      Awards Ceremony at Stage
11:00 AM    Resource Fair Closes

The Race for Autism 5K and 1 Mile courses.

Parking: There is free parking in the parking lots throughout Balboa Park. There is street parking (metered) on the west side. All metered parking is enforced on Saturdays.
For teams and families, it may be easier to drop off team members at 5th and Laurel, and then go park.

Registration: Persons can register on Race day morning at “Day of Race” Registration.

Pre-registrants: Upon arrival, go to “Pre-Registration” and look up your Bib # next to your name. Get in line to pick up your Bib. After picking up your bib, go to the T-shirt booth to pick up your Race shirt. You must have your Bib to pick up your T-shirt.

Registered participants get a commemorative medal at the Finish Line.

Runners: The 5K start is on 6th Street between Juniper and Laurel. The 5K starts at 7:25 AM. 5K walkers start immediately following runners.

AWARD MEDALS will be presented to the top three male and female overall finishers, as well as in the following age divisions:12 & under, 13-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80+. 

Award Medal Runners pick up their medals at the Timing Tent next to the stage on Race Day.
OVERALL TOP 3 Male and Female WINNERS will be awarded on Stage. 

Walkers: The 1 Mile Family Walk Start is on El Prado and will go directly over the bridge to the fountain and back. The 1 Mile starts at 8:30 AM.

Course Rules:

  • Only registered runners and walkers on the course
  • Strollers are allowed on the course to the back of the runners
  • Dogs: Therapy Dogs are welcome.  Child friendly, trained, leashed dogs are allowed. You are fully responsible for your dog, and will be asked to leave the area with any dog that is of concern. NFAR and City of San Diego will not held responsible for any damage to your dog or to another person. When in doubt, please leave your furry friends at home.

Resource Fair: We have a sold out line up of Resource Fair vendors. The Race Resource Fair is open between 7:30 – 11:00 AM. The Resource Fair has a great line-up of resources, as well as children’s activities, photo ops, music, and lots of fun. Be sure to check it out!



Share photos, videos, and stories of your Race for Autism SUPERHERO adventures on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using #RACE4AUTISM and @NFARorg.


QUESTIONS? See  our FAQ Section!