Please know that our event is rain or shine, so the ASCV 5K & Family Fun Day will go in, even in the rain. We will not have indoor space, but each major event area will be tented.
If we are expecting dangerous weather conditions, we will be sure to send an email & update our website by 7:30 AM on Saturday, May 18 with our updated plans. Our number one priority is the safety of our participants, vendors, and volunteers!
Over the past twenty-two years, the Autism Society of Central Virginia 5K has grown from a small venture to a large annual event that attracts over 1,200 participants. This family-friendly event features entertainment, food, exhibitors and a Kids Zone. The day’s activities include a competitive 5K, entertainment, an awards ceremony, and Resource Fair. The Resource Fair will present dozens of organizations, including autism service providers and local businesses. The event concludes with our Awards Ceremony, where we will recognize race winners, top teams, and fundraisers. All funds raised from this event provide much needed support for individuals with autism and their families in Central Virginia.
Read on for more information on our Packet Pickup, ASCV Family Fun Day, and 5K Race:
Packet Pickup will be available on Friday, May 17 from 12:00 noon to 5:30pm. Please stay tuned for more information on where.
Registrants will receive a t-shirt, race bib, swag bag, and any fundraising incentives earned. You are welcome to pick up packets for other participants and team members, but please be sure to coordinate in advance to avoid multiple trips and confusion. If you would like to pick up packets for a larger group, please email email@example.com in advance with the names to save time at packet pickup. Virtual 5K Registrants will have their t-shirts mailed to them prior to the event. We are unable to mail sponsor bags or incentives earned.
While we highly recommend picking up your items on Friday, if you are unable to, Packet Pickup will also be available on Saturday, May 18, prior to 8:40am, onsite at Crump Park at the Registration and Information Tent.
The race will begin promptly at 9:00am. Please plan to arrive by 8:30am for the Opening Ceremonies and to leave adequate time to park and walk to the Start Line. The route is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers, but please note it is gravel in some places. Due to safety concerns on the race course, we ask that no pets other than registered service animals attend the event.
For more information on the 5K race, please see our FAQs below.
The Kids Zone will offer lots of fun activities for kids! Starting at 8am, the Kid's Zone will feature a bounce slide, bubbles, temporary tattoos, costumed characters, princesses, and much more!
The Resource Fair will feature two Sensory Tents. Any guest seeking a quiet place may come to the Sensory Tents at any time throughout the day. The Parsons Center is also available as a quiet area.
Be sure to stop by the Photo Booth and commemorate the day! There will be fun props, and you can take the pictures home with you to keep!
Please take time to visit our many sponsors and community partners who will be onsite all morning sharing information on their programs & services.
ASCV 5K & Family Fun Day Teams raising over $5,000 will receive a special VIP Tent during the ASCV 5K & Family Fun Day! Be sure to bring items to decorate your tent and invite your team members.
Team Captains of our Top Fundraising Teams (raising over $5,000) and any individuals raising over $1,000 will receive VIP Parking. We will email you details for how to access VIP parking.
Food & Beverages
ValerEats and other food trucks will have food available for sale. Complimentary water will be available on the course and in the Resource Fair area. Complimentary snacks will be available at the finish line.
Opening Ceremonies will take place at 8:40am, prior to the race start. The 5K Awards Ceremony will take place at 10:15am.
What if the weather is bad?
The ASCV 5K & Family Fun Day is a rain or shine event, and we will host it as planned unless there are dangerous weather conditions. There is no scheduled inclement weather date. Because the ASCV depends on this important fundraiser to support our local autism community, it is not our policy to issue refunds to participants who are unable to attend or if the event has to be cancelled.
Are dogs allowed at the 5K & Family Fun Day?
Due to safety concerns on the race course, as well as a common fear of dogs for some participants with autism, we ask that no pets other than registered service animals attend the event.
Will food and drinks be available for purchase?
Yes, we will have food trucks available for purchase. Additionally, we will provide Crystal Springs water and post-race snacks for our 5K participants. Please bring a water bottle to refill your bottle throughout the day - no glass bottles, please.
Do I need to register to attend this event?
Everyone who attends, including walkers and runners of all ages, and those who are not racing but plan to join us for Family Fun Day, must be registered and sign our event waiver online. You can register online ahead of time at ascv5k.org or in-person the morning of the event.
When can I pick up my participant registration bag, bib number and t-shirt?
Pre-registered 5K participants may drop off donations and pick up their participant registration bags, bibs and t-shirts on Friday, May 17 from 12 to 5:30pm at Packet Pickup. Packet Pickup will also be available the morning of the 5K at the Registration and Information tent until 8:40am.
Is parking available?
Yes, parking will be available at Crump Park. Parking guides will be available in the morning to direct traffic and ensure a quick parking process. VIP Parking will be available for our top fundraising teams. Accessible parking will also be available near the 5K start line and Resource Fair Area.
When should I arrive to participate in the 5K Run?
The race will begin promptly at 9:00am. Please plan to arrive by 8:30am for the Opening Ceremonies and to leave adequate time to park and walk to the Start Line. We encourage you to arrive early in order to enjoy the pre-race festivities and explore the Resource Fair and Kids’ Fun Zone. Both open at 8:00 am and will remain open after the race.
What is the course like?
May I walk the 5K?
Absolutely! Participants are welcome to walk the course. We just ask our walkers to line up to start after our competitive runners.
Are strollers and wheelchairs allowed in the 5K?
Yes. We ask that runners/walkers with wheelchairs and strollers start the race towards the back so that these participants can move without hindrance. Your safety is our first priority. Please note that the course is accessible for wheels, but that some areas are gravel or grass.
Are vehicles such as golf carts, bicycles, or scooters allowed on the course?
No, for safety reasons we are unable to accommodate motorized vehicles of any type.
How will the race be timed?
The Richmond Road Runners Club is providing manual timing services for the ASCV 5K. Your time will correspond to your bib number. Please be sure to line up close to the starting line. If you do not choose chip-timing, you will be able to see your race time on the clock at the finish line, but that time will not be recorded or eligible for Top 5K Finisher awards.
When and where will the 5K finish times be posted?
Your results will be posted on your RunSignUp profile, and you can search on the race website by bib number.
Are awards given out to top 5K finishers?
Yes, awards will be presented after the race to our top finishers in a variety of age and gender categories. Check out the Awards Page to see what you could win.
Will water and snacks be available to 5K runners after the race?
Yes, the ASCV will provide complimentary water and healthy snacks post-race to all participants.