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!