Virtual Walk & 5K Run

VIRTUAL Every Step Counts Autism Walk & 5K Run

Anywhere, Any time. It's Your Choice!

The Every Step Counts Autism Walk & 5K Run has traditionally featured a timed 5K run and a 4K walk around Centennial Lake in Ellicott City, MD. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Walk & 5K Run will be a hybrid event, with the option to participate at Centennial Park on Oct. 3 OR to participate virtually at any location and at any time. [Click here to learn about the On-site Walk & 5K Run]

Here is a guide to the VIRTUAL Walk & 5K Run event. We appreciate your flexibility as we finalize these plans. And we greatly appreciate your willingness to walk or run with us in support of individuals and their families who are navigating the autism journey. #EveryStepCounts #AutismStrongMD

OVERVIEW of the VIRTUAL Every Step Counts Autism Walk & 5K Run

Participants in the VIRTUAL Walk & 5K Run are invited to:

  • Run or walk at a time and location of your choosing
  • Join or form a fundraising team to net more support for the autism community
  • Participate individually, with family and friends, or with your team
  • Wear your Every Step Counts t-shirt and race bib
  • Get creative by making signs or chalk art, wearing crazy costumes, having team themes, etc.
  • Post photos and videos of your virtual participation to social media and tag us
  • Record, if desired, your time and/or distance with GPS-based apps (e.g., STRAVA) and report them on the event website [Walk & 5K Run Results]
  • Transfer between the virtual and on-site events at any time by logging into your RunSignUp account [Walk & 5K Run Login]
  • Compete for prizes by participating in fun activities and contests for all walkers and runners
  • Join us for our Event Kick-off on August 30 [Packet Pick-up and Car Parade]
  • All packets must be picked up prior to October 3rd at one of our three scheduled Packet Pick-Up events. [Event Calendar]
  • Team captains can arrange to pick up their team members’ packets.
  • Run or walk in solidarity with us on October 3 at a time and location of your choosing 
  • Log in to our Facebook LIVE! event, Every Step Counts LIVE!, that will stream the happenings at Centennial Park in the morning, as well as an awards ceremony and DJ dance party in the evening  [Every Step Counts LIVE!]

Thank you for supporting the autism community!  

Contact the event coordinators at 410-290-3466 or for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: These event protocols are subject to change as CDC, state, and local guidelines are released.  To ensure the health and safety of all participants, HCAS reserves the right to convert, at any time, the Every Step Counts Autism Walk & 5k Run into an all-virtual event. 


Join us for a virtual tour of the event route around Centennial Lake. During this 35-minute tour, you'll meet and hear from HCAS Executive Director Melissa Rosenberg, ASBC President Debbie Page, Maryland Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford, Howard County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball, and Zoe Goldszmidt, an HCAS member and autism advocate who sings the national anthem to kick off the event. And in recognition of their generous support of the autism community, the Every Step Counts sponsors get a shout-out along every step of the event route.

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