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Participate in any event, any length, any sport, any time all while raising money for autism research.

Want to support autism research but can't travel to one of the RUN FOR AUTISM's partner races? OAR is pleased to offer the iRUN FOR AUTISM program, which allows you to participate in any run, walk, bike, hike, swim, or any event anywhere, anytime, and at any distance. Most races do not have a minimum requirement and OAR's RUN staff will provide you with a race shirt, race day technical shirt, training tips, and fundraising support to ensure your success.


iRUN FOR AUTISM teammates can be seen at the following events.

Join them today or add your local event to our calendar.


2015 Calendar of iRUN Events


Your local event

January 25 Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Half Marathon (New Orleans, LA)
February 1 Galveston Marathon & Half Marathon (Galveston, TX)
February 15 Rhythm & Blues 1/2 and 1/4 Marathon (Houston, TX)
February 21 Surfside Marathon and Half Marathon (Surfside, TX)
March 7 Gusher Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5K (Beaumont, TX)
March 14 Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon & 1/2 (Washington, DC)
March 28 Zooma Texas Half Marathon, 10K, & 5K (Austin, TX)
April 4 Outrun Childhood Obesity Half Marathon (Dodge City, KS)
April 11 Palmetto Half Marathon (Columbia, SC)
April 12 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run (Washington, DC)
April 18 Carmel Marathon (Carmel, IN)
April 24 St. Isidore School's My School Color Run (Quakertown, PA)
April 25 Christie Clinic Illinois Half Marathon (Champaign-Urbana, IL)
May 3 Blue Cross Broad Street Run (Philadelphia, PA)
May 24 Vermont City Marathon (Burlington, VT)
June 20 Royal Ball Run for Autism (Milan, IL)
July 11 Spartan Pennsylvania Super (Palmerton, PA)
July 25 Quad-City Times Bix 7 (Davenport, IA)
August 1 Spartan Washington DC Sprint (Washington, DC)

*** To find out more about these individual races click on the race name.

Your event not on our list?

Join iRUN today and

represent the RUN FOR AUTISM at the event of your choice.


How to Join the Team

Joining our iRUN FOR AUTISM team is a two step process.

1. Sign up for the team at

Once you're at the FirstGiving site, click, "Join Now." Continue to create your personal fundraising page with information about yourself and the event that you are participating in.

2. Register for the event that you are participating in on your own at the official race website.

Once your fundraising reaches $50.00, you will be sent an OAR Runner's Kit. This kit includes the RUN FOR AUTISM t-shirt, specially designed race singlet, OAR information and fundraising material.

For more information, please contact the RUN staff at or calling 703-243-9710.


Team Benefits


Specially designed race singlet

Fundraising Guide

Personal fundraising website through FirstGiving

OAR information and fundraising material

Once your fundraising reaches $50.00, you will be sent an OAR Runner's Kit. This kit includes the RUN FOR AUTISM t-shirt, specially designed race singlet, OAR information and fundraising material.


iRUN team members are encouraged to set their own fundraising goal. For reference, OAR runners have historically averaged between $1,000 and $1,500. If you're running a half or full marathon, consider setting a goal of $1,310 or $2,620 to match your mileage! Runners who raise $2,500 or more receive an OAR runner's jacket as a special "thank you".



Raise money for autism research - More than $.83 of every dollar you raise will directly fund research studies that help answer some of autism’s most pressing questions. Since its inception in 2003, the RUN FOR AUTISM has raised more than $5.3 million for applied autism research.

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is a national, nonprofit organization formed and led by relatives of children and adults with autism and Asperger Syndrome. OAR is dedicated to promoting research that can be applied to help families, educators, caregivers, and individuals with autism find much-needed answers to their immediate and urgent questions. Committed to the excellence in its services to the autism community, OAR funds applied research that will make a difference in individual lives; provides information that is timely, useful, and cost-efficient; and offers opportunities for the autism community to collaborate and make advances together.

Whether you are a runner, walker, donor or volunteer, your contribution makes you part of OAR’s RUN FOR AUTISM team.

In the end, you will have made a difference in the lives of thousands of families living with autism.