The law firm of Williams, Morrison, Light & Moreau is a returning for the 2015 Dan River Autism Awareness 5k on the superhero level. Please join us in thanking Williams, Morrison, Light & Moreau for this generous support of raising autism awareness in the Dan River region!
Chuck Vipperman of Team Charlie’s Champions and WAKG/WBTM is our race day MC. We are so grateful that he donates his talents to help race day run smoothly – and now he’s going the extra mile!
Chuck is competing in a weight loss challenge through Get Fit Dan River Region along with other local celebs. He has issued a challenge to the other competitors. Whichever competitor drops the most pounds will have a $5,000 donation made in his/her honor to their charity of choice – and Chuck has chosen the Autism Education Fund!
Go, Team Chuck!
Results for the 5k run and the 5k competitive walk were timed using a computerized chip timing system provided by The Brick Running & Tri-Store.
After the race on Saturday, we announced awards and distributed medals based on preliminary timed results. The official timed results may differ than the preliminary timed results because:
- Some runners were not in the appropriate age and/or gender categories. This was corrected by moving the competitors to the correct category.
- Some walkers were disqualified because they were caught running. (Remember ya’ll – Runners can walk, but walkers cannot run!)
Below you will find the official timed results:
- View the Official 5k Run Timed Results (final revision)
- View the Official 5k Run Timed Results by Age (under revision – coming soon!)
- View the Official 5k Competitive Walk Timed Results (final revision)
- View the Official 5k Competitive Walk Timed Results by Age (under revision – coming soon!)
If you placed within the top 3 of any category, then we owe you a medal (the exception is the “No Age” category – that means we didn’t receive your age on your registration, so you did not qualify for an award – sorry!). If you didn’t pick up your medal on Saturday, then please pick up your medal by May 16th. To arrange a time to do this, please email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medals for 5k walker winners are now available. We will contact the individuals who placed in the 5k walk competition and will ensure that you receive your medal. We apologize for the delay!
If you received a medal on Saturday that you should not have (according to the official timed results), then please return or exchange your medal by May 9th. To arrange a time to do this, please email Emily at email@example.com.
If you are a runner who was incorrectly listed as a walker, we are happy to move your name to the 5k Run results list instead! Please send your name to Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are walker who was disqualified… too bad! For next time, please remember: runners can walk, but walkers cannot run!
Race results will be posted on here our website as soon as we receive them from our friends at The Brick.
Medals for 5k walkers will be available in 1-2 weeks. We will contact the individuals who placed in the 5k walk competition and will ensure that you receive your medal. We apologize for the delay!
There are no shirts remaining, as we have given out all 1,050 as of around 9am Saturday morning. Registration forms indicate that shirts are not guaranteed and are available while supplies last. This is because we purchase the shirts using corporate sponsorship funds, so that 100% of registration fees can go towards the Autism Education Fund. We do not have additional corporate sponsorship funding to place another t-shirt order at this point. All of that being said, we did do our best to ensure that preregistered folks would receive a shirt. In March, we ordered 1,050 shirts based on an estimate for this years attendance based on last year’s registered attendance of 876. We thought that was an ambitious overestimate and have been blown away by the fact that we had more than that many people come out to raise autism awareness!! Most shirts were picked up at early packet pickup on Thursday, and we did still have around 100 shirts remaining Saturday morning, which were given out to pre-registered attendees on a first come first serve basis. Again, we apologize you did not receive a shirt, and we thank you for support of raising autism awareness and fundraising for the Autism Education Fund.
Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the 3rd Annual Dan River Autism Awareness 5k!
While you were out enjoying your run or walk, we hope you noticed the signs along the course with information about autism. The major goal of this event is to raise autism awareness, so we hope you learned something new about autism! You may have also notices the opposite side of each sign included a logo from our many, generous corporate sponsors, including our presenting sponsors, The Hughes Center, URW Federal Credit Union, and Building Blocks Center for Children with Autism!
Many of you were rocking your race t-shirts that say 1 in 88 — after these shirts were printed, the CDC came out with a new statistics that 1 in 68 children has a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (read more here…). Autism doesn’t just impact the person with the diagnosis – it impacts their parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, neighbors and friends. That’s why the second major goal of this event is to show support for individuals with autism and their families – and ya’ll did an awesome job! We had over 60 teams register for the race, most of which were started support a particular person who has an autism spectrum disorder. (View a list of teams here...)
A third major goal is to fundraise for the Autism Education Fund of the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region. As of Saturday, the 3rd Annual Dan River Autism Awareness 5k has raised over $41,000 this year! Be sure to stop by the Community Foundation’s website to learn about how YOU can apply for a grant from the fund!
And a fourth goal of course is to get out there on the beautiful Riverwalk Trail and enjoy a little friendly competition!!
Thanks to a LOT of very dedicated, generous, compassionate people, we achieved these goals on Saturday!
We owe special thanks to our volunteers, who have been working hard for the past month to help prepare for today! Our volunteer groups include Danville After Hours Rotary, Tunstall Interact Club, nTelos, Old Navy, Target, Rivermont School, SSVA, Center for Pediatric Therapies, Building Blocks, GW Latin Club, CIT and the Averett University Womens Basketball Team. We also had dozens of individuals volunteer not with a group. We could not have managed this event with you, every step of the way!
Another thank you to the Day to Engage volunteers and to the many downtown businesses that let us decorate their storefronts with artwork to raise awareness of autism…
Thank you to the City of Danville, especially the Parks & Recreation Department and the Transportation Department for the use of this beautiful park and the trolley’s. Thanks also to Negril for the use of their shuttle!
Thank you to LC Moore, Lee Eagle, Gary Uitto, and Forest “Cas” Dalton from the Danville Running Club & Fitness Club. These guys are behind the scenes of almost every race in Danville, and they are awesome!
Thank you to Adam Jones, Albert and the rest of the staff at The Brick for timing the race…
Thank you to Von Wellington Photography for the many awesome photos!
Thanks to Chuck Vipperman for being our MC!!
Thank you to WAKG and WBTM, the Register & Bee, the Piedmont Shopper, Star News, the Star Tribune, WSLS, Mark Aaron with River City TV, Tola Adamson with WSET — all of our local media have been so supportive of raising autism awareness!
And last but not least, THANK YOU to the team captains who have worked hard to recruit team members and plan fundraisers, all in the name of someone they love who has autism (applause!)
Thanks to all of you – runners, walkers, team captains, volunteers, sponsors – TOGETHER, we have raised over $41,000 for the Autism Education Fund!
And more importantly, we have raised awareness about autism in our community!