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#EveryStepCounts

5K Run

10:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT
#AutismStrongMD

4K Walk

10:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT
#Celebrate Differences

1K Stroll

10:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT
Can't join us on October 2nd?

VIRTUAL 5K Run, 4K Walk, 1K Stroll

Description

Each year, the Howard County Autism Society's Every Step Counts Autism Walk & 5K Run brings together those touched by autism and members of the broader community in a supportive, energizing, fun environment. Join us! Together we are #AutismStrongMD

Charity Partners

The Howard County Autism Society (HCAS) is excited to partner once again with the Autism Society of Baltimore-Chesapeake (ASBC) to bring the 2021 Every Step Counts Autism Walk & 5K Run to life. The collective goal is to raise $100,000 toward programs and services for the local autism community that is more than 7,000 strong!  Be sure to designate the charity partner you’re supporting when you register or make a donation.

The 2021 Walk & 5K Run

Along with many of you, HCAS is easing into a pre-COVID mindset. This year, we’re bringing back the timed 5K Run around Centennial Lake in Ellicott City, MD. There will be one start time for runners, followed by a start for participants in the 4K Walk around the lake or the 1K Stroll for those seeking a shorter distance. And those who can't join us at Centennial Park on October 2 may register to participate virtually, at a time and location of their choosing. 

Become a Fundraiser

In addition to participating as a runner or walker, we invite participants to become fundraisers to help us reach our goal of $100,000. Here are some fundraising tips: 

  • Ask for Donations – invite family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to support you 
  • Build a Team – Invite family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to run or walk with you and ask them to reach out to their networks 
  • Share your Fundraiser and/or Team URLs in social media posts and in your e-mail signature
    NOTE: HCAS does not have Facebook fundraiser integration at this time. HCAS supporters are asked to fundraise through their RunSignUp fundraiser until further notice.
  • Build some friendly competition with other participants to encourage spirit, team-building and fundraising capacity 

Event Village

The Every Step Counts event village, with a few changes from previous years, will feature recognition of event sponsors and vendors, family-friendly entertainment by roving circus entertainers, artists, and costumed characters, and an assortment of individually-packaged refreshments. Event highlights at Centennial Park on October 2nd will be shared on social media to put participants and spectators, regardless of their location, in the center of the action as the event unfolds. 

Become a Sponsor

Leading up to the event, sponsors and community supporters will be recognized on the event website, on social media and in promotional materials. On-site at the event, sponsors and other supporters will be featured on signage and in event highlights posted to social media. Visit the Sponsor page to learn more. 

Sign Up to Volunteer

We look forward to welcoming back our volunteers. This year, we're offering all of our traditional volunteer tasks associated with an in-person foot race. Sign-up is easy. Visit the Every Step Counts Volunteer page to select a task and sign up online. Or click HERE to download a Volunteer Application.

Together, We Can Make a Difference!

For 28 years, the Howard County Autism Society has served autistic individuals, their families, and community by providing information, support, and advocacy; promoting awareness of autism that values the dignity and uniqueness of each individual; and working to improve the quality of and access to services and to educational opportunities. Nationally the prevalence of autism is estimated at 1 in 54 births by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The overall rate in Maryland is about 1 in 52 – one of the highest in the country – and Howard County has the highest incidence of autism per capita in the state owing to the quality of its educational system, support services and accepting community.   

Now more than ever, Every Step Counts. With your support, HCAS and ASBC can continue to provide critical services, raise awareness, acceptance, inclusion and educate the public about the complexities of autism. Thank you!  

#AutismStrongMD   #EveryStepCounts 

Questions?  Contact the event coordinators at 410-290-3466 or info@howard-autism.org. 

PLEASE NOTE: To ensure the health and safety of all participants, HCAS reserves the right to convert, at any time, the Every Step Counts Autism Walk & 5K Run into an all-virtual event. 

Place
Centennial Park, Ellicott City, MD
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Centennial Park, Ellicott City, MD

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