12th Annual ONE STEP CLOSER—2018 Autism Walk & 5K

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Date/Time
Date(s) - Saturday, October 6, 2018
9:00 am - 11:15 am

Location
Centennial Park

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Whether you run it, walk it, volunteer or cheer, the Howard County Autism Society’s One Step Closer Autism Walk & 5K Run is sure to leave you inspired, a bit exhausted, and certainly elated at the prospect of having supported the more than 1,000 individuals with autism who reside in Howard County. This 12th annual event will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Centennial Park in Ellicott City, MD. All proceeds from the event stay in Howard County and directly impact the lives of children and adults with autism. This year’s goal is to raise $65,000.
Each fall the event builds autism awareness and acceptance in the community, bringing together those touched by the autism spectrum disorder in a supportive, energizing and fun environment. The Howard County Autism Society provides a place where the local community can benefit from families’ collective experience and expertise, helping others navigate the path they themselves have traveled on this journey.
The One Step Closer Walk & 5K features a timed 5K run around Centennial Lake, a “Lake Walk” of the same distance, and a shorter three-quarter mile “Amazing Racers” course for those needing 1:1 assistance. Runners and walkers participate individually as well as in teams to harness their fundraising power and make this a spirited, hands-on experience! There will be children’s activities, including face painting, Star Wars costumed performers, a moon bounce and other inflatable games. One of the special guests will be Caleigh Shade, Miss Maryland Teen USA 2018. The event also features exhibitor tables for local businesses, organizations, health & human service agencies and microbusinesses owned or operated by those on the autism spectrum.
The event features a timed 5K run around Centennial Lake, a “Lake Walk” of the same distance, and a shorter three-quarter mile “Amazing Racers” route for participants who need support. There will be children’s activities, including face painting, Star Wars costumed performers, a moon bounce and other inflatable games. The event also features a variety of exhibitor tables for local businesses, organizations and health & human service agencies. Microbusiness owned and operated by those on the autism spectrum will again be highlighted.
Event timeline is as follows: 9am – Registration and packet pick-up, complimentary breakfast for runners, walkers, sponsors. 9:40am – Welcome and introductions. 10am – Starting time for 5K race participants 10:10am – Starting time for walk participants. 11:15am – Awards and closing remarks.
Online registration is available at www.howard-autism through October 3rd. Participants may also register on-site the day of the race. Questions? Call or email 410-290-3466 or info@howard-autism.org.