One Step Closer Autism 5K Walk and Run

  • Location: Centennial Park
  • Address: 10000 Clarksville Pike (Main/South), Ellicott City, MD 21042
  • Dates: October 7, 2017
  • Phone: (410) 290-3466
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Price: Registration fee varies

The Howard County Autism Society’s (HCAS), a trusted resource to hundreds of individuals and families living with autism in Howard County, MD, will hold its 11th Annual One Step Closer Walk and 5K Run on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Centennial Park in Ellicott City, MD. Proceeds from the event will support HCAS’ programs and services for individuals on the autism spectrum, their families and the local community.

This annual event brings together those touched by the autism spectrum disorder in a supportive, energizing and fun environment. HCAS provides a place where the local community can benefit from families’ collective experience and expertise, helping others navigate the path they themselves have traveled on this journey. All proceeds from the event stay in Howard County and directly impact the lives of children and adults with autism.

The event will feature a timed 5K run around Centennial Lake, a “Lake Walk” of the same distance, and a shorter three-quarter mile “Piece of Cake Walk.” We have runners and walkers who participate individually as well as in teams to harness their fundraising power and make this a spirited, hands-on experience! There will be children’s activities, including face painting, princess and Star Wars costumed performers, a moon bounce and other inflatable games. The event also features a variety of exhibitor tables for local businesses, organizations and health & human service agencies. Microbusiness owned and operated by those on the autism spectrum will again be highlighted.

Online registration is available at www.howard-autism.kintera.org/onestepcloser2017 through October 4th. Race day registration is available on-site.

About the Howard County Autism Society (HCAS): For nearly 25 years, HCAS has served individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and community by providing information, support, and advocacy; promoting awareness of autism that values the dignity and uniqueness of each individual; and working to improve the quality of and access to services and to educational opportunities. Howard County has the highest percentage of individuals with autism per capita in the state of Maryland. The organization seeks to empower meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

One Step Closer Autism 5K Walk and Run