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2023 Race for Autism SUPERHERO Event
Saturday, April 1, 2023

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


Kick off April's AUTISM ACCEPTANCE MONTH by joining us for the 19th annual Race for Autism SUPERHERO 5K and 1 Mile Family Walk in beautiful Balboa Park. 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.

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!
Check out our discount Team Pricing!

Before Dec 31 Jan 1- 31 Feb 1-28 March 1- 31 Race Day April 1
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

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. Transfers of entry to another individual is allowed until March 15, 2023.

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

     PreRace Pick-up
Sunday, March 26
      10 AM - 2 PM

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

Pre-registrants: If you did not pick up your T-shirt and bib at our Pre-Race Pick up, you can pick it up on Race Day. Upon arrival, go to the “Pre-Registration” area and look up the Bib # next to your name. Get in line to pick up your Bib according to the number. 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. Check out runners prizes here!

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 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 Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using #RACE4AUTISM and @NFARorg.


QUESTIONS? See  our FAQ Section!