VIA - 2021 Run / Walk for Autism

Sat April 17 - Sun April 18, 2021 Earlysville, VA 22936 US
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VIA Run for Autism - 5K Virtual Walk / Run

$40 Registration ends April 18, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

VIA Run for Autism - 2 MILE In-Person Walk / Run

$40 04/17 7:30AM EDT - 9:00AM EDT Registration ends April 16, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

We are excited to revive the VIA Run for Autism 5K in 2021! Every dollar you raise and every mile that you run helps us provide life-changing services to families across Central Virginia. 

There are two options for safe family fun this year:

A virtual 5K race, where you are free to run on your own schedule with people of your choosing.

A safe, distanced in-person 2-miler -- an opportunity to run/walk cross country on a beautiful, private farm. Following Health Department guidelines, there will be 25 people per five-minute start time. Please note that each slot will NOT start together as one single wave. Please NO SPECTATORS.

Sorry - NO REFUNDS for this race. In-person runners -- NO DOGS OR STROLLERS on our in-person course. 

If you would like to switch from the virtual event to the in-person race, or vice versa, click HERE to learn more about how to change your registration.

Are you having any issues accessing your Run Signup account? No sweat! Click HERE for helpful tips and tools.

Raffle and Prizes

Every participant is automatically entered in a raffle to win a custom quilt and matching pillow assembled from past VIA Run for Autism 5K t-shirts, created by our friends at Keepsake, a nonprofit organization with a mission of creating jobs for deaf individuals. 

The top fundraising team will receive a prize package courtesy of Olukai, and a VIAble Ventures gift basket. 

Stay tuned for digital contests for a chance to win additional prizes from our sponsors!

In-Person Race COVID-19 Protocols

When you register for the in-person race, you will have the option of selecting a five-minute interval from 7:30-8:30 AM. Because of pandemic safety protocols, there will be 25 people permitted per start time. Please note that each slot will NOT start together as one single wave. It will be a rolling start so as to keep everyone as physically-distanced and safe as possible. You just have to begin your race within five minutes after your starting time. For everyone's safe distancing, no spectators allowed on site please. 

Packet Pickup

Please pickup your mask and official race packet for the in-person 2 miler event at Ragged Mountain Running and Walking Shop from Monday, April 12-Friday April 16. The store is open from 9 AM-5 PM. Please call (434) 293-3367 for more information.

VIRTUAL RUNNERS: Stay tuned for an opportunity to pick up official race masks if supplies last.

T-shirts Now Available

We’ve added an option for direct purchase of VIA’s 2021 Run for Autism 5K t-shirt. Our shop on Threadless has options for you to purchase men's, women's, and kids’ shirts of various styles, which will go perfectly in your Run For Autism 5K collections. We are also offering race-themed magnets and buttons. This year’s logo is a limited edition design commemorating the two-mile cross country option!

Orders made will be printed on demand and shipped directly to you. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact


Fun for Kids: Coloring Page Contest

We may not have a kids' race this year, but you can still join in the fun with our coloring contest! There is a coloring page in each race packet, or feel free to download and print one from the race site. Email your creation to by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 18th for a chance to win a $25 Tiger Fuel gift card.

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

Location for In-Person Race

The in-person race will take place on the course at Panorama Farms in beautiful Earlysville. A HUGE thank you to our generous hosts!

The location is 398 Panorama Rd -- off Earlysville Road between the Charlottesville Airport and the Rivanna Reservoir


Special thanks to all of our sponsors

For In-person Race Day Participants - Blue Ridge Timing will offer efficient timing along with instant SMS text message results for those that select this option. This way both you and family members will be notified of results as soon as they are available. You may also request your results be sent to an e-mail.

Race Fest 2021

The Charlottesville Track Club presents Race Fest 2021, a series of winter and spring local races with the opportunity for each runner to accumulate points based on their participation and age group place. There are eight races in the series, including this year's Run For Autism events, and the club will keep a running total of each participant's accrued points along the way. You do not need to run in every race, but the more you participate the more points you accumulate. The distance and surfaces will vary with each race. Click HERE for the point structure and race schedule!

Race Contact Info

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