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Join us on Saturday, April 6, 2019. 

100% of the funds raised at the Race for Autism stays in San Diego to support local autism programs, services, outreach efforts, parent support  and educational initiatives. THANKS to the support of people like you, NFAR has awarded over 1.7 MILLION dollars to autism community programs and to 700 classrooms throughout San Diego County.


Balboa Park - Registration, Start and Finish, Resource Fair and Children's Activities are all located on the west side of Balboa Park at 6th Ave and Laurel, San Diego, CA 92101.  Map


          There is METERED street parking on the west side of the Park.

Parking is FREE for all lots within Balboa Park.
You are able to drop off family members (at 5th and Laurel) and park.


5K timed run, walk on a fast, and scenic course through the heart of beautiful Balboa Park!




         Sunday, March 31
      10:00 am - 2:00 pm

        Road Runner Sports

        5553 Copley Dr, San Diego, CA 92111



You can look up your bib number HERE   

   Saturday, April 6, 2019
           -Registration Opens/ Bib/Shirt Pick Up - 6:30 AM

           -Race Warm Up - Stage - 7:00 am
           -National Anthem - Start Line - 7:25 am

           -Resource Fair Opens - 7:30 AM

           -5K Run and Walk Kicks Off -Start Line on 6th Street-  7:30  am

           -1-Mile Family Walk Kicks Off -  8:30 AM


 -Registration is open on Race Day starting at 6:30 AM. 
 -On Race Day, each individual MUSTpick up their bib.

           -We will have a gear check this year.
           -Registered participants will receive a bib and T-shirt.  At the Finish Line, registered participants receive a commemorative medal.
           -The top three overall male and female runners are awarded special prizes and medals. 
           -Strollers are welcome on the course at the back, behind the runners and walkers. 
           -Service Dogs are welcome.  Other dogs must be trained, leashed and able to take sudden noise, petting and get along with other dogs. 
               If in doubt, please leave your dog at home. 


         The Race includes a fantastic Resource Fair!  Over 50 autism resources as well as Sponsor booths represented.
         Resource Fair - 7:30 to 11:00 AM.


The Race is produced by the National Foundation for Autism Research (, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and their families affected by autism in San Diego. The 5K Run/Walk is the annual fundraiser that supports local autism programs and services in our community.


Be sure to invite all those SUPERHEROS you know -friends, family members, teachers and professionals to run or walk. Timed 5K Run, 5K Walk, 1-Mile Family Fun Walk, refreshments, Resource Fair, Children's Activities, Awards Ceremony, Music and much more. Come in your favorite superhero or character outfit (no scary costumes, please.)  


         Not available on Race Day?  You can still be a Hero by selecting the "Race from Home" option when registering.
          We will mail you a bib, Race T-shirt and finisher medal the Monday following the Race!

Awards medals and a prize will be presented to the top overall three male and female finishers. 

Award medals will be presented to the top three male and female finishers overall 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.

          Registration includes a bib, Race t-shirt or (kid sized) cape, and commemorative medal.
          For kids (12 years and under), they receive a cape or adult sized t-shirt.

Before Dec 31 Jan 1- 31 Feb 1-28 March 1- 31 April
ADULTS ( 18+ yrs old) $29.00 $32.00 $35.00 $38.00 $40.00
YOUTH (13-17 yrs old) $25.00 $28.00 $30.00 $33.00 $35.00
CHILDREN (12 yrs old and under) $18.00 $20.00 $25.00 $28.00 $30.00
Race from Home  **
(includes Mailing of Bib and T-shirt)
$30.00 $30.00 $35.00 $38.00 n/a
Chip Timing Add-on $3.00 $3.00 $3.00 $3.00 $5.00

* Infants ages 3 years & under are not required to register and pay race fees. However, they will NOT receive a bib, commemorative medal or    kid's cape.

** Race from Home is for those that are not able to attend on April 6th  but would like to support the cause and receive the benefits. Mailings will occur shortly AFTER the race.

Race Disclaimer: The race can be altered, postponed or cancelled with no refunds due to weather, natural disturbances, police activity, acts or threats of terrorism.
No refunds will be given.  Transfers of entry to another individual is allowed until April 1, 2019. 


Teaming Up is a lot of fun on Race Day!  Click on REGISTER and you will be able to set-up or join a Team during the registration process. To register, each person will need to use their own email address. After you complete each of the steps, you will be able to personalize your Personal and Team pages.

To register children and others without emails, we have two ways to do this:
  1) When Creating or Joining a Family Team:
         1) Complete Step 1 by filling out your registration information
         2) Select Join a Team or Create a Team in Step 2, and pick the team name.
         3) In Step 3, fill in your race specific information, and then select the “Add Family Member” button
                   For participants without emails, please set Fundraising Tools to “OFF”
         4) Finish the registration process for yourself, and you will be logged in to your personal fundraising page.

   2) Without Creating or Joining a Team:
        1) Register yourself first by picking the Solo option,
        2) From your Personal page, select "Add Family Member" from the right hand menu.
        3) Complete the information requested for each person and
        4) Complete the check out process.