2022 Autism 5k

Mark your Calendar for March 26, 2022, @ Ballard Park.

Sign up now:  https://runsignup.com/Race/MS/Tupelo/theautismrunandwalk

Please help us promote autism awareness and acceptance by joining us for a Saturday morning 5K and FUN RUN at Ballard Park. Proceeds from this event will go to the Autism Center of North Mississippi, a local 501(c)3 providing affordable Applied Behavior Analysis therapy to children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Race day registration will start at 7:00 AM. The 5K will begin at 8:00 AM SHARP. The FUN RUN will begin at 8:45 AM. All children must be accompanied by an adult at the park. Volunteers will be provided for the FUN RUN course. And to cheer participants on.

You can sign up online by following the link at the bottom of the page, or you can sign up in person at the Autism Center’s office @ 146 S. Thomas St Suite C. Each registered participant will receive a race packet including a 5K t-shirt. The online registration cut-off will be on March 25.

Registration Fee per participant:

  • Early Fee $25 now- March 18th
  • $30 March 19-25
  • $35 Day of Race

If your entire family wants to participate, we have a $60 family maximum. All members must live at the same address and sign up at the same time before March 18th. You will have to go by the Autism office and sign up in person to get this option. 

To guarantee your t-shirt size, please sign-up by March 18th. T-Shirts are Anvil brand, sizes Youth Small to Adult 3X. The t-shirt company suggests ordering a size up. Anyone who wants to help support our cause but has other plans that day can have their t-shirt mailed for an additional $5. 

All 5K runners/walkers can participate in awards. Age groups for male and female participants will be 0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+.

This year, there is no race-wide theme; however, each team is encouraged to create their theme for your team! When registering online, you can create a team or join a team already made. Each team can create its own fundraising goal (registration fee is not included in the goal).

Follow the link to register for the race online!


Sponsorship opportunities for the race are available! Call Melinda Tidwell at 662-840-0974 or check out our Donate to our Mission page to see how to become our Partner for the 5K!

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