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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.


2014 Calendar of iRUN Events


Your local event

February 21 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic (Tampa, FL)
March 1 The Woodlands Half Marathon (The Woodlands, TX)
March 23 Maratona di Roma (Rome, Italy)
March 30 Love Run Philadelphia Half Marathon (Philadelphia, PA)
April 5 Umstead 100-Mile Endurance Run (Raleigh, NC)
April 5 Chicago Quarter Marathon (Chicago, IL)
April 6 Revel April Fools Half Marathon (Atlantic City, NJ)
April 21 Boston Marathon (Boston, MA)
April 26 Christie Clinic Illinois Half Marathon (Champaign-Urbana, IL)
April 27 San Luis Obispo Marathon (San Luis Obispo, CA)
April 27 Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon (Toledo, OH)
May 4 Broad Street Run 10 Miler (Philadelphia, PA)
May 18 Wild Half Marathon (Wildwood, NJ)
October 5 Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon (Milwaukee, WI)

*** 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, under events on the right hand side, select "iRUN FOR AUTISM - 2014"; then click, "Join Now." Continue to create your personal FirstGiving 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 RUN coordinator Katie Ginda at or calling 703-243-9710 x224.


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 $.84 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 $4.8 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.