Teams and Participants

Select A Team:

Donate Register Log In

Event Information

Sample Event

Join us on sample date


Join us on Saturday, March 24, 2018. 

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 1.5 MILLION dollars to autism community programs and to 600 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



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



           Packet Pick-up - Saturday, March 17th 12 - 4 PM

           5553 Copley Dr, San Diego, CA 92111 

          Special in-store Discounts for Race for Autism participants!


         - Saturday, March 24, 2018
          - Registration Opens/ Bib/Shirt Pick Up - 6:30 AM

          - Resource Fair Opens - 7:30 AM

          - 5K Run and Walk Kicks Off -  7:30 AM  NEW TIME

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


- On Race Day, each individual must pick 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 male and female runners  are awarded medals by age category.  These medals are picked up at the Timing Tent.
            - 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 possible pulling of a tail. 
               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!

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

          Registration includes a bib, Race t-shirt or 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- 23 24-Mar
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 $40.00 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 cannot attend on March 24 and still want to support the cause and get 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 March 1, 2018. 

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.