raising money for autism research.
OAR is pleased to offer the iRUN FOR AUTISM program, which allows you to participate in any run, walk, or other event- anywhere, anytime, 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.
How to Join the Team
1. Pick your race
This can be any race you want! If you don’t have a particular race in mind, just search for races in your area and find one that sounds good to you.
2. Register on that race’s website
3. Sign up with OAR
Go to the login page and enter your basic information.
4. Personalize your page
After you put in your information, you will recive an email with steps to create your fundraising page. Share photos and your your story about why you decided to RUN FOR AUTISM.
5.Share your page!
Use social media and email to share your page with friends and family. You maywant to consider making a donation to your page before you send it out so that people know you are serious about this cause.
- RUN FOR AUTISM t-shirt
- Custom OAR dry-wick race singlet
- Personal Fundraising Website
- RUN FOR AUTISM newsletter
- Online Fundraising Guide
- A special OAR finisher's medal upon completion of your race
iRUN team members are encouraged to set their own fundraising goal. There is no “right” number; your commitment is what matters. Still, there is no harm in setting a lofty goal. You will likely be surprised by the number of people who will want to support you and this worthy cause.
If you are 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.”
Click to see a list of current fundraisers
Why Participate in iRUN?
Impact. 87 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 designed 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.
Email iRUN Coordinator Grace Thomas at email@example.com or call 703-243-8020.
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.