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SUPERHERO CHALLENGE FAQs

The 2021 Virtual Race for Autism SUPERHERO Challenge is something you can do individually, or team up with friends, family, or co-workers for a combined distance. With a 5K, 10K or 54K run or walk to choose from, there is an event for every team or individual superhero!

To participate, register early for the best registrations prices. We will mail you your super cool Race T-shirt, bib and commemorative SUPERHERO medal  that you can wear for the challenge event.

Then, beginning April 1, 2021, run or walk anytime, anywhere you would like and keep track of your distance using your Fitbit or smart phone. We've made it super easy for you to input your distance each day that you participate in the Challenge to your webpage. See steps HERE

Then, watch your personal kilometer thermometer go up each time you add your progress to your Race for Autism fundraising page!


Every step you take (from April 1 - 10th) will be added to the Hero Kilometer Thermometer on the Home Page too, and will help us to achieve our goal of 154,000K in just 10 days!
The Challenge starts April 1, 2021, and will last through April 10.

To have your distance recorded on your Race page and included on the Home Page HERO KILOMETER THERMOMETER, then please run/ walk during the challenge dates of April 1 - April 10, 2021. See steps HERE.

You are welcome to start practice run/ walks and map out your courses for the April 1- 10 Superhero Challenge in advance!
You are able to change your Challenge Distance goal ( up or down) anytime during the Challenge dates of April 1 - 10, 2021.

Starting April 1, the Fitness Challenge tab will appear in the top menu on your webpage. Click the "Fitness Challenge" tab.

On the left side of the screen, you will see the Challenge odometer, and it says "Edit Goal" Click on this to edit your goal. Note: distance is in kilometers.

Exceeded your goal? You can keep participating and adding distances to your kilometer meter during the Challenge!


 
We've made it easy for you to track your distance in 1 of 2 ways!

1.Enter distance yourself: Record your distance using your Fitbit, smartphone, etc. and enter it on your Race webpage yourself.

2. Using the Strava App: This year, you will be able to sign into Strava for the 2021 Virtual Race for Autism Superhero Challenge directly from your Race for Autism webpage.

Starting April 1, when you log onto your webpage, click on the "Fitness Challenge" tab in the top menu and the Challenge page will appear. On the left hand side, click on the orange "Connect with Strava" button to connect and use your Strava account..

Using the Strava App allows you to track your time and distance from your smart phone, and log your distance to your Race for Autism webpage automatically.

NOTE: Challenge distances will only record between April 1 - 10, 2021.
Starting on April 1st, a "Fitness Challenge" tab will appear in the top menu of your webpage.

When you click on the Fitness Challenge, the Challenge screen will pop up.

Click on the yellow "Enter Activity" tab, and enter your distance (in kilometers).

It will advance your kilometer odometer by the distance entered.
Number 1 Rule is to HAVE FUN with this Challenge! We encourage people to get out and walk individually or with their family/ friends for a combined distance during April’s autism awareness month from April 1 - 10. Choose from one of the challenge distances, or select a distance to run/walk that is comfortable for you.

You are also able to change your Challenge goal at any time during the April 1 - 10, 2021 time frame.

REGISTRATION FAQs

1.  Visit www.RaceforAutism.org and Click on the REGISTER button

2.  Enter your info and email. Create a password you’ll remember.

3.  Next, choose if you want to CREATE a team, JOIN a Team or if you want to participate as a SOLO Superhero. To join a team; type in the team name in the search bar and select it from the menu, or you can stay ‘solo’ if you leave the box empty. To create a team; type the name of the team you want to create in the search bar, and then click ‘Create’ on the right.

4. The event this year is the 2021 virtual Race for Autism SUPERHERO Challenge. Once the Challenge opens on April 1st, you will be able to select a distance you would like to challenge yourself or your team to run or walk. We've suggested some standard distances such as a 5K or 10K as well as what we call the SUPERHERO distance this year - a 54K that can be done individually, or as a team for a combined distance. Have fun with this! Set a distance that will both challenge and inspire you! 

NOTE: The Challenge will not open until April 1st, so you will not see this on your Fundraiser or Team Page until that time. On April 1st, the "Fitness Challenge" Tab will appear in the top menu. Click on this tab to set your distance goals and enter distances you run or walk.

5. Once done, click on ‘Complete Registration blue button, the page will refresh and you will be on personal page.

You will be able to customize your personal page and send out emails to team members. You can start fundraising by donating to your own goal!



 
1. Click 'Register' in the middle of the page, enter your email address and the system should detect as a past registrant from previous year, and promote you to enter your password. (if you forgot your password click on 'Forgot Password' right below the 'Register' button and follow instructions), once logged in you will be promoted to 'Register' for this years campaign.

2. On the following page it should populate your past information.

3. Choose if you want to CREATE a team, JOIN a Team or if you want to participate as a SOLO Superhero. To join a team; type in the team name in the search bar and select it from the menu, or you can stay ‘solo’ if you leave the box empty. To create a team; type the name of the team you want to create in the search bar, and then click ‘Create’ on the right.

4. The event this year is the 2021 virtual Race for Autism SUPERHERO Challenge. Once the Challenge opens on April 1st, you will be able to select a distance you would like to challenge yourself or your team to run or walk. We've suggested some standard distances such as a 5K or 10K as well as what we call the SUPERHERO distance this year - a 54K that can be done individually, or as a team for a combined distance. Have fun with this! Set a distance that will both challenge and inspire you! 

NOTE: The Challenge will not open until April 1st, so you will not see this on your Fundraiser or Team Page until that time. On April 1st, the "Fitness Challenge" Tab will appear in the top menu. Click on this tab to set your distance goals and enter distances you run or walk.


5. Once done, click on ‘Complete Registration blue button, the page will refresh and you will be on personal page.

You will be able to customize your personal page and send out emails to team members. You can start fundraising by donating to your own goal!



 
 When Creating or Joining a Family Team:
       1) Complete Step 1 by filling out your registration information
         2) Step 2: Select "Join a Team" or "Create a Team", and pick the team name.
         3) Step 3, fill in your race specific information, and 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.

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.

 


 
REGISTRATION FEES:

ADULTS ( 18+ yrs old)
Before Dec 31      $30.00 
Jan 1- 31             $35.00
Feb 1-28              $40.00
March - April        $45.00

Mailing Fees ARE ALREADY INCLUDED in the registration fee.

NOTE: You must have a US address. No international mailing.

 

To register by mail: Mail in Registration Form (PDF)
Race registration is transferable but not refundable.

When you register you are making a tax deductible donation to the National Foundation for Autism Research to help improve the futures for those with autism. (83% of the registration fee is tax deductible.) THANKS to the support of people like you, NFAR has already supported over 900 autism initiatives and nearly 2 MILLION dollars to improve the lives of those with autism.
 
Transfers of entry to another individual is allowed until March 15, 2021.

DONATION FAQs

Race for Autism is produced by the National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR).  All monetary donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


NFAR's Tax ID Number (EIN) is 20-0538863
Yes!  You can make a donation to an individual fundraiser, or a general team donation. You can do this online, or by mail.

To Make an Online Donation, click on the DONATION BUTTON, You will choose to make a donation to FUNDRAISER, TEAM or GENERAL. If you choose an individual or Team, start typing the name and the options will display as you type. Complete the online donation.


To Make a Donation by Mail: Please include a donation form, address the check to "NFAR" and mail to:

NFAR
PO BOX 502177
San Diego, CA 92150


 
When  making a donation online, you have the option of entering a short message to appear on the Fundraiser's HONOR ROLL . This could be something like "In Honor of xx" or "Supporting your Challenge efforts!", etc.
Click on the home page and begin typing the first or last name in the Search Bar. Your options will display as you type.
Please fill out a donation form, address check to "NFAR" and mail to:

NFAR
PO Box 502177
San Diego, CA 92150

Donations that are received by mail will receive a receipt for tax purposes. Please make sure to include a valid email or physical address.

FUNDRAISING FAQs

A personal URL is a shortened link to your team or personal page that you can send to friends and family in emails.

A personal URL will look like this https://www.raceforautism.org/ben.
The  Race for Autism is hosted by the National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR).

A Tax ID number identifies National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR) as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Many donors will request this number to validate their donation as tax-deductible. NFAR's Tax ID number is 20-0538863.
You can't enter a check online. What you can do is enter a check as a pledge. This can be done in the fundraising section of your headquarters page. The status of the check will be pending until the check is received by NFAR and credited to your fundraising campaign.
For cash donations, please deposit the cash and send NFAR a personal check.

If someone makes the check out to you, you can endorse the back and send the check to NFAR.

For mail in donations, please include a donation form and mail to:

NFAR
PO BOX 502177
San Diego, CA 92150

NOTE: Print the Donation Form Here
Log in with your email and password to visit your headquarters page. Select My Fundraising Report on the left side. You will then find a list of all of your donors as well as a list of all donors to your team .
To easily send thank-you emails to donors, follow these steps:

Log in to your fundraiser dashboard by clicking the "My HQ" link in the top right

Click "My Fundraising Report" in the left sidebar

Locate the donor/donation you'd like to thank, and click "Send Email" (If the donor didn't submit their email address, this option is unavailable.)

Type the message in the pop-up window, and click "Send Email"
As your donors make a contribution, they have the option of whether or not they want to appear in the Honor Roll.

TEAM FAQs

Creating a team of family members, friends and coworkers is fun and can help us feel connected, as we run/walk towards a common goal, during this unusual time of COVID-19.

Have fun with it! Create a fun team name and invite others to "get active" with you for a good cause. And don't forget loved ones that live in different areas. Because everyone can be a SUPERHERO for those with autism!

Create the largest team and you will win a fabulous prize! See fundraising prizes.
The Justice League Special is a discounted registration rate for teams of 10 persons or more. It is the lowest registration fee available, and is a great way to create a company, family, or school team.  

The Justice League Package is for: 
          -Groups of 10 persons or more
         - Flat rate of $25 per person through January 15th by 5:00 pm. 
            (Includes children, youth, adults and larger shirt sizes)
           -Upon receipt of payment ($250 or more), your group receives a code
            The code zeroes out the fee during registration.

This price is only good until January 15th - so sign up today by calling 858-679-8800.
When registering, select "Create a Team". You will be asked to create a "Team Name". Have fun with it! Choose a name that is special to you. Then invite friends, family and those you work with to join you to get active for a great cause!

It's fun having a common goal and watching as people add their running or walking distances each day to the team kilometer thermometer..

WAYS TEAMS CAN WORK TOGETHER:

1. Each team member can choose to run/walk the same distance and cheer each other on as team members meet the Challenge goal.

2. Set the team goal at 54K and ask everyone to run or walk the distances they are comfortable. Encourage one another as you work individually but collectively to complete the 54 kilometers (33.6 miles).

3. You can choose a common course, trail or beach to have everyone on your team walk/ run on Challenge days.

 

ABOUT AUTISM

Autism affects 1 in every 54 children in the US today.

Autism affects the way a child communicates and socializes with others. A young child with autism may babble or know certain words, but not understand how to use gestures (such as pointing, waving bye bye) or language as a means of interacting with others. Additionally, children with autism often have repetitive and restricted behaviors and interests, as well as sensitivities to touch, taste, sounds, smells and visual stimuli. Together, these characteristics  can make everyday activities stressful. 

Research shows that autism affects the way the brain develops early in life and the way a baby begins to collect and process information. The earlier a child begins treatment, the better the chances for influencing how they learn and improving their long-range outcome. That’s why it’s so important for families to understand the signs that put a young child “at-risk” for autism and to seek help right away.
Early Warning Signs for Autism Include:

-Seems uninterested or fails to engage during playful interactive games (e.g., peek-a-boo)
-Fails to point at things or notice things in his/her environment (e.g., a bird in the sky)
-Seldom responds when his/her name is called
-Makes poor eye contact
-Babbles or talks with an unusual tone of voice
-Shows distress in new situations
-Exhibits strong sensitivities to touch, sights, or sounds
-Displays unusual hand or body movements
-Does not smile when smiled at.
-Loses words or social skills at any age

A Child may also:

-Spend a lot of time lining things up or putting things in a certain order
-Gets "stuck" on doing the same things over and over - i.e., spins objects
-Walks on his/ her toes

If your child is exhibiting any of these signs, please contact your pediatrician or refer to the resources below for an immediate evaluation. 

For more information on autism, please visit UCSD Autism Center of Excellence , Autism Discovery Center or  the Centers for Disease Control.