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One Step Closer...

Autism Walk & 5K Run

Welcome to The Howard County Autism Society's 11th Annual One Step Closer... Autism Walk & 5K Run!

Check-in/registration at 9am with complimentary breakfast
Walk and 5K Run will start at 10am. Children's activities include face painting, inflatables, and photo ops with Star Wars characters.

Registration fees are as follows:

Child and Students Walk, $15 in advance; $20 on site
Child and Students 5K, $20 in advance; $30 on site
Adults Walk, $30 in advance; $35 on site
Adults 5K $35 in advance; $45 on site

*NOTE: When registering multiple people, or registering families, each individual will need to have a registration form filled out for them.

*Online registration closes at midnight on Wednesday, Oct 4th.*

Race prizes provided by Road Runner Sports.

Your participation in this event directly funds our programs and services for Howard County families living with autism. It also helps raise awareness in Howard County to improve understanding and brings us “one step closer” to real integration for all on the autism spectrum.

Event t-shirts are guaranteed to those who register by September 15, 2017.

AMAZING RACERS is a new component of our One Step Closer Walk & 5K that offers support for youth and adults with autism who may need additional supports to participate. See our form for more information.

Want to volunteer? Sign up for opportunities here.

Want to train? HCAS will be offering 6 training sessions with Lisa Martin of Salvere Heather & Fitness for those interested in tackling the 5K on Saturday mornings at Lake Elkhorn Park. Dates are 8/26, 9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23 and 9/30 from 9-9:45am. Meet near the parking lot near Broken Land Pkwy. Lake Elkhorn is located at 7200 Dockside Lane in Columbia. Runners of all abilities welcome! Questions? Email

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, October 7th!

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