The Autism Society of North Carolina will hold its 17th annual Triangle Run/Walk for Autism on Saturday, Oct. 10. Runners and walkers of all ages participate in this fun family event, which starts at 9 a.m. in Moore Square in downtown Raleigh.
Last year’s race raised a record $330,000 as more than 4,000 participants, volunteers, and a variety of businesses joined to improve the lives of those affected by autism.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. As many as 1 in 58 children may be diagnosed with ASD in North Carolina, according to a prevalence study by the CDC of 8-year-old schoolchildren.
The Triangle Run/Walk for Autism gives families a chance to celebrate autism awareness and acceptance with their community. For 9-year-old Seamus Millet of Durham, that is the most important part.
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“This day is huge for our family. It’s one of our favorite days of the year, honestly,” said his mother, Katie Millet. “It is a special day for Seamus to understand how big his support network is and how many people there are supporting him and behind him and behind our family. When you see that, that goes a long way.”
The Millets have raised almost $30,000 to benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) in five years of participating in the Triangle Run/Walk for Autism. “We are just very big into appreciating the help that we got early, and ASNC is great about advocating and getting information out there,” Millet said. “It’s a way for us to help support that cause.”
The Triangle Run/Walk for Autism will include a USATF-certified 5K race, which is part of the Second Empire Grand-Prix Series; a 5K noncompetitive run; a recreational 1-mile run/walk; and a kids’ dash. The event also will feature amusements for children, music, and refreshments. Vendor space will showcase local businesses, service providers, support resources, and sponsors.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that up to one out of every 58 children born today will be diagnosed with some form of autism in North Carolina. Proceeds from the Triangle Run/Walk for Autism will fund local programs of ASNC, the leading statewide resource organization serving people across the spectrum throughout their lifespans.
Please visit trianglerunwalkforautism.com or call 800-442-2762 to register, join a team, form a team, sponsor, donate, or volunteer.