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2024 Race for Autism

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Kick off April's AUTISM ACCEPTANCE MONTH by joining us for
20th Anniversary Race for Autism SUPERHERO 5K and 1 Mile Family Walk
in beautiful Balboa Park!

******* RACE DAY DETAILS BELOW ********

This family friendly event attracts thousands of Superheroes from all across San Diego to promote awareness, shine a spotlight on neurodiversity, and inclusion efforts, and to raise funds to support local autism programs and initiatives.

Race registration includes a Race T-shirt, commemorative medal and bib. Event includes music, refreshments, children’s activities and an informational Resource Fair with 50+ autism vendors.



ONLINE: To 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.

BY MAIL: Mail In Registration Form  (NOW CLOSED)

Assemble your team of superheroes and make a bigger impact! Invite family members, coworkers and friends (and don't forget those out of town). We have our Justice League team discount pricing for groups of 10+ that makes it both fun and affordable. Check it out Discount Team Pricing!

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


Thru Dec 31 Jan 1- 31 Feb 1-29 March 1-
Apr 5
Race Day April 6
ADULTS ( 18+ yrs old) $30.00 $35.00 $40.00 $45.00 $50.00
YOUTH (13-17 yrs old) $25.00 $30.00 $35.00 $40.00 $45.00
CHILDREN (12 yrs old and under) $20.00 $25.00 $30.00 $35.00 $40.00
Timing Fees $3.00 $3.00 $3.00 $3.00 $5.00
RACE FROM HOME NOTE: US mailing only. No international mailing $30.00 $35.00 $40.00 $45.00

Additional fees will be applied for timing and XXL and XXXL t-shirt sizes.

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. Transfer of entry to another individual is allowed until March 15, 2024.


   Join Us for Packet Pick Up!

      Tuesday, April 2
      World Autism Day
      11:30 AM - 6:30 PM  EXTENDED HOURS!

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



***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 7:00 AM.

Race Day Schedule
TIME              ACTIVITY
6:30 AM       Registration Opens
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 have one person drop off team members at 5th and Laurel, and then go park NOTE: the zoo has lots of parking at this time. Balboa Park has shuttles that run through the Park AFTER the Race.

NOTE One Mile Walkers: The 5K Run goes through the heart of Balboa Park, and has a priority right of way. You will need to wait until runners go by to cross streets when clear. Please do not cross in front of runners. Plan to arrive early so that you can park and walk over to the 1 Mile Start Line

Dance Warm Up: *** Join us at the Stage! *** We will have a fun dance warm up in front of the Stage starting at 7:05 AM to get everyone ready for the 5K Run and Walk.

National Anthem: Please join us at the Start Line for the National Anthem. We have a special guest!

Registration: Persons can register on-site on Race day morning. Look for the “Day of Race” Registration sign.

Already Registered: Go to “Pre-Registration" to pick up your Race bib first. You need a bib to pick up your Race T-shirt.

T-shirts: Pick up your bib in the registration area, and then go to the T-shirt booth to pick up your Superhero Race tee!

5K Runners and Walkers: The 5K Start is on 6th Ave. 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. Check out runners prizes here!

1 Mile Walkers: The 1 Mile Family Walk Start is on El Prado and continues across the bridge to the fountain in the heart of Balboa Park 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: Each year we have an amazing line up of Resource Fair vendors! The Race Resource Fair is open between 7:30 – 11:00 AM. The last hour (from 10:00 AM  - 11:00 AM) of the Resource Fair is a quieter music hour. The Resource Fair also includes 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 Facebook #RACE4AUTISM and/ or Instagram @NFARorg.


QUESTIONS? See  our FAQ Section!