Frequently Asked Questions

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Run for Autism 5K is one of our region's most fun, most successful, most well-attended, races.

Two things make it so successful, year after year. One is the great spirit of community on display, the other is that it is a fundraiser for a great cause.

The Virginia Institute of Autism provides life-changing services to families challenged by autism. Our work helps make Charlottesville a more humane, more inclusive, place to live.

By participating in the Run for Autism, YOU are a part of that mission. You help us make this event successful year after year. By recruiting friends, family, neighbors and co-workers, you will raise awareness and vital funds to help people facing the challenges of autism.Your commitment is inspiring. Thank YOU for all that you do!

What is autism?

Autism is a lifelong, pervasive developmental disorder that affects the functioning of the brain. Autism presents as a range of symptoms that are thought of as being arranged on a spectrum. Children on the autism spectrum can experience difficulties with social interaction, communication, or behavior.

What does VIA do, and how does it help?

VIA offers proven, compassionate, evidence-based treatments that are effective against the core symptoms of autism. Our families report that our work on communication, behavior, social engagement have produced life-changing results.

What can I do?

Walk, run, donate, volunteer, be a virtual runner. Reach out and tell people about who we are and what we do. And bring them along to raise, raise funds, and have fun!

Can I rejoin my team from last year?

Yes. Log In above before you register to recall your team status from last year. Frequently Asked Questions for returning participants are here.

Where / When is the race?

Saturday, April 14nd, 2018 (rain or shine).  Race location still being determined -- stay tuned. Kids race starts at 7:30 am -- 5K starts at 8:00 am.

How do I pick up my race packet?

Friday, April 13 from 3 - 6pm at VIA's James C. Hormel School  --  1414 Westwood Rd. Charlottesville, VA 22903

Or -- from 6:30 am – 7:15 am on race day. 

Can I register on the day of the race? 

Yes. Between 6:30 and 7:15 am. Please show up early!

Are there any volunteering opportunities?

Yes. Plenty of help is needed week of the race -- course setup, registration packets, signage, race monitors. Roll up your sleeves and help our cause! Signup information will appear here closer to race day.