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Saturday, March 28, 2020. is your Race Day connection! Race Day begins with a VIRTUAL KICK OFF at 7:30 AM, and interactive activities that will last until 12:00 noon.  Feel free to join the celebration at any time and post throughout the day!


  • Go to RACEFORAUTISM.ORG for the Interactive virtual event online
  • We have video kick offs from our media hosts to get you started!
  • VIRTUAL 5K Superhero Run kicks off starting at 7:30 AM (Runners can run anytime that day for your time to count)
  • 1-mile Family Fun Run/Walk kicks off at 8:30 AM (Walkers can walk at their leisure any time that day)
  • Join the Conversation! Through our link on, we will connect as a community. From there you can share your photos and videos, chat with other Heroes, hear messages from surprise guests, join Facebook live conversations at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 am, win raffles, costume contests, and more.
  • Don't forget to use #RACE4AUTISM when also sharing on your Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
  • The interactive event will end at 12:00 noon, but you are encouraged to continue your online conversations and share your photos, videos and stories all day long!

All registrants will get a race bib, official race t-shirt or cape, and commemorative medal.(race gear will be mailed to you)

Lace up your sneakers, throw on your Race bib, and hit the road in your neighborhood for some exercise, fresh air, and sunshine – all for a very good cause! 

Timed Runners: Join the Virtual 5K through the FREE Strava app to log your course and time. Through that site, we'll be keeping a leaderboard and tracking times by age categories to award medals! It's quick & easy to set-up, requires no other equipment, and is FREE.    >>>FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS HERE <<<

(If you don't have access to the Strava app, just let us know and we can work with you on timing results!) 

Family Fun Walkers: Go out and enjoy the great outdoors! Or, if you want to prove to all your friends and family that you completed the Race, you can also join the Virtual 1-Mile through the FREE Strava app to log your distance!    FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS HERE

Messages of Encouragement: You can be a SUPERHERO and help us spread messages of hope and encouragement on Race Day to those in our communities. CHALK YOUR WALK: Draw or write your messages on your driveway or sidewalk with chalk on Race Day. Take a photo to share with the Race Day virtual community online
*Don't have sidewalk chalk? We encourage you to get creative! Try markers and poster board, create a rock or pebble design. Creativity is always appreciated.

We want Race Day to be an opportunity to come together as a community and be SUPERHEROES in the safest way we can – AN ONLINE GATHERING!
From our home page, you will be able to join the online community. We'll be sharing video messages from surprise guests, highlighting the best Race Day Hero costumes, and offering you a platform to share your stories, your Race Day memories, photos and videos of how you and your family are spending Race Day, and start conversations with others in the autism and San Diego community. 

Plus: Throughout Race Day morning we'll be hosting interactive Q & As with autism professionals, awarding fun raffle prizes, judging a costume contest, and more! We’ll be posting a schedule of online events on Race Day right here too!
Note: You will be able to safely connect with family, friends, co-workers, and all of us at NFAR. 


We are preparing a fantastic VIRTUAL RESOURCE FAIR! We have 50+ organizations that planned to be a part of our original on-site, educational RACE RESOURCE FAIR, and they are all moving on-line! We hope to launch the VIRTUAL RESOURCE FAIR during Autism Awareness month in April. In the meantime, we will be showcasing autism providers on Race Day!



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, benefiting thousands of local children to young adults with autism each year.. 



National Foundation for Autism Research
Attn: Race for Autism
PO Box 502177
San Diego CA 92150

Timing has its rewards!
Awards medals 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+.

*Must be a timed registrant to win. Award Medals will be mailed to the winners. Good luck!

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.

**Race gear will be distributed to you my mail.

Before Dec 31 Jan 1- 31 Feb 1-29 March 1- 28
ADULTS ( 18+ yrs old) $29.00 $32.00 $35.00 $38.00
YOUTH (13-17 yrs old) $25.00 $28.00 $30.00 $33.00
CHILDREN (12 yrs old and under) $18.00 $20.00 $25.00 $28.00
Race from Home  **
(includes Mailing of Bib and T-shirt)
$30.00 $30.00 $35.00 closed
Chip Timing Add-on $3.00 $3.00 $3.00 $3.00

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, 2020. 


Teaming Up virtually 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.