Friends With Autism 5K and Walk

Jacksonville, FL


The 2nd Annual Friends With Autism 5K /Walk & Autism Month Kickoff will take place on Sunday, April 7, 2019 in Jacksonville, FL and we hope you will join us!!

RUN, WALK, STIM!  Our 2nd annual Friends With Autism 5K/Walk is more than just a Run and a Walk - it's a fun time for the entire community to come together and raise awareness and acceptance for families and people on the autism spectrum in Northeast Florida! Join other families as we kickoff Autism Month with a health/resource fair, music, children's activities, speakers, and so much more!

When we raise awareness here...  Funds raised will stay here!  Funds raised will be returned to our community to provide direct services in the form of family grant support, community accessibility, and advocacy for local families and people with autism.  The health/resource fair of this event is free to the public.

Help us raise awareness and acceptance for those on the autism spectrum!

  • Join us for the fun!
  • Join us for the community!
  • Join us to help the 1 in 59 with autism!
  • Join us to support the estimated 21,900+ families and people with autism in Northeast Florida


Place: Northbank Riverwalk/Riverside Arts Market (RAM) 715 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL  32204

Registration 5K/Walk Fees: REGISTRATION IS OPEN AT 

  5K 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk 12 and Under 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk 13 and Older
Through March 30th $25 $10 $20
March 30 - April 6 $30 $10 $20
Race Day $35 $10 $20


Race Day Schedule:  

  • 7:00 am     Registration Opens
  • 7:30 am     Opening Ceremony
  • 8:00 am     5K Starts
  • 9:00 am     Fun Run/Walk Starts
  • 9:15 am     Awards, Keynote Speaker Haley Moss, Performances and Community Resource Fair

Awards and Incentives: 

Fundraising has its perks... Teams raising the minimum fundraising amounts receive a Friends With Autism grant to cover the cost of:  school tuition, home school supplies/equipment/software, therapy, assistive technology, adaptive equipment, medical copays, medical services, summer camp, tutoring, and more!!

$2500 and up - $1,000
$1500 to $2499 - $500
$1000 to $1499 - $250

The top three school fundraising teams raising over $2,500 will receive a MS4A Deluxe Sensory Bags for their classrooms:
1st Place - 10 bags
2nd Place - 5 bags
3rd Place - 2 bags


Registration and race information can be found at

Runner, Walker, and Fundraising Tools:
Friendship Kit available at

Sponsors and Vendors: 

e are currently accepting event sponsors and vendors for our community resource fair.  Please contact Walk Coordinator at for a sponsor or vendor packet and information. 

Run/Walk Chair and Volunteers:

Volunteers are our Superheroes!
Interested in volunteering or becoming a 5K/Walk Chair?  Please contact Making Strides For Autism at

Run & Walk Contact Info:

If you have any questions about the Walk, please contact the Walk Coordinator - Making Strides For Autism, Inc. at Any questions about the 5K, please contact the Race Manager - 1st Place Sports at info@1stplacesportscom.

Race management provided by 1st Place Sports.







When & Where

Apr 7, 2019


8:00 AM

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