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For the past nine years, Pathfinders for Autism has hosted our Run Wild for Autism at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore to celebrate and honor the autism community. Rain or shine, our families, donors and partners come together each year to walk or run to raise funds and awareness for our mission.
Due to the current pandemic of COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to transition our 10th annual event to a virtual walk/run*. Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our participants and community. While we will not all be walking or running together, we hope you will join us on Sunday, September 27, to walk or run from wherever you are. Then, just like for the past nine years, all registered participants will have access to the Zoo to enjoy with your family, while practicing social distancing and adhering to Zoo protocols, of course! PFA Staff will still be available from 10AM to Noon on September 27th at the Zoo to greet you, thank you and celebrate your success. More details to follow and Zoo restrictions are subject to change.
At its core, Run Wild for Autism is a day to stretch our legs and come together in honor of the autism community throughout Maryland . We hope that this year’s event will be no different. Our virtual race will still allow for fundraising efforts and we encourage family teams, corporate teams and sharing personal stories about why funding our mission is so very important, especially now. We will still be offering fundraising incentives and allowing runners to track their time and earn awards. Thank you to everyone who makes this race so special year after year. We will share more details as we continue to plan for this year’s virtual event.
*If you have already registered, you will be receiving an email with options to switch to the virtual race or transfer to 2021. In addition, you will be asked if you plan to use your Zoo passes or would like to donate those back. Zoo passes will be good for September 27th and other designated dates throughout the fall (details to follow).
Thank you for your continued commitment and dedication to Pathfinders for Autism. Let's prove how vital our work is, let's show the community how proud we are to support PFA and let's make 2020 great, no matter where!
Saturday, September 26- Sunday September 27,2020
$25 Youth (ages 11-17)
Children 10 and under FREE, with registered adult
Registrants will run (or walk) their race distance on either Saturday, September 26th or Sunday, September 27th. If you are participating in the 5K and would like to be listed in the results make sure you are tracking your time and distance. You can do so with a watch or running app (example: Garmin watch, Strava App). Make sure you run the whole distance (3.1 Miles for a 5K) - you don't want to do all that work and come up short. You will then be able to report your time. Results will be automatically updated as race times come in.
5K Runners will be able to submit their results through text or email (if opted in) or through the runsignup.com results page starting on Saturday, September 26th through Sunday, September 27th at 11:59PM. If you have questions about submitting results don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become an event sponsor and promote your business to hundreds of attendees while supporting a great cause.
Get your company to put together a corporate team and receive 10 standard race entries (additional race entries and sponsorship opportunities available based on team fundraising) - includes chip timing, T-shirts, Zoo admission, giveaways, and refreshments.
2020 Fundraising Incentives:
The most important component to Run Wild for Autism is our families and partners coming together to raise funds that help us continue to serve the autism community. Your dollars allow the PFA staff to offer resources, training- both in person and virtual, and recreation events. It is because of YOU that we have been and will continue to serve our families. Thank you!
Be sure to check out this year's fundraising Incentives and aim HIGH. You will not want to miss out on this year's incentives.
Stay tuned for in person Packet Pick Up opportunities, details to follow based on safety protocols.
– 10th Annual Run Wild for Autism t-shirt
- Virtual Race managed by Charm City Run
– ZOO ADMISSION: Individuals registered for the race will receive Zoo passes, good for September 27th and other designated dates throughout the fall (details to follow).
-FREE Giveaways available at Packet Pick Ups or at the Zoo on September 27th.
Top Male Finisher
Top Female Finisher
Top Male Finisher in the following age brackets: 1-10, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
Top Female Finisher in the following age brackets: 1-10, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
Top Overall Fundraising Team
Top Individual Fundraiser
Pathfinders for Autism is a statewide organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism and their families. The organization was founded in 2000 by the parents of children with autism, including Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer William "B.J." Surhoff and his wife Polly Winde Surhoff. Pathfinders for Autism works to support and improve the lives of individuals affected by autism through expansive, individualized programming, and by providing resources, training, information and activities free of charge.
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