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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 other event anywhere, anytime, and at any distance. Simply sign up for the race and start getting family, friends and others to sponsor you as you dedicate your athletic competition to raising funds for autism research. 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

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

Tysons Chamber Charity 5K (Tysons Corner, VA)

**Join OAR's Buddy Bash team for this race!

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)
September 5 Charles Street 12 (Baltimore, MD)
September 27 Rock 'n' Roll San Jose Half Marathon (San Jose, CA)
September 27 Quad Cities Marathon (Moline, IL)
October 4 Maine Marathon (Portland, ME)
October 17 Baltimore Running Festival (Baltimore, MD)
October 18 Atlantic City Marathon (Atlantic City, NJ)
October 18 Empire State Marathon, Half and Relay
November 7 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon (Indianapolis, IN)
November 7 Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon & Half Marathon

*** 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.


Why Participate in iRun?

  • Impact. 83 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to research that improves the lives of those affected by autism
  • Support. You will receive tremendous support from OAR! This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Weekly emails with training tips and encouragement
    • A specially disigned race singlet once you have raised $50
    • A fundraising guide and OAR fundraising materials
  • Motivation. It’s sometimes easy to get discouraged when training for an athletic event. Having the support of the entire OAR running network will help keep you enthusiastic and on track, even if your race is months away.
  • Connection. Be part of a group that cares deeply about autism research and using fitness for good.


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 call 703-243-8020.





iRUN team members are encouraged to set their own fundraising goal. There is no “right” number; your commitment is what matters to us. Still, there is no harm in setting a lofty goal. You will likely be surprised by the number of people who want to support you and this worthy cause.


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".


More about OAR

OAR directly funds 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.