On Sunday, April 12th I had the pleasure of running in the 3rd Annual Autism Awareness 5k. I ran this race last year as well. Each year since its inception the course has been at a different location, and I think they may have found a winner this year. It starts near the track at Bucknell University and is a double loop around campus.
My hubby is such a good sport!
Also new this year was the addition of fun family activities. So my husband brought the kids to play while I ran. There was a DJ playing fun music, including many Disney favorites! There was also dancing, face painting, and bubbles (my kids' favorite!)
My fellow autism mom, Kristen, was running again this year too, and I hoped just to keep her in sight for a chance of getting a new 5k PR. I'd have to beat my 23:09. I ran a pretty good race, but didn't manage a PR. While I don't have an official time, my Garmin gave me a 23:11. So close, bummer, right?! But there was a heck of a hill and it had to be run twice, so perhaps on a flatter course I'll stand a chance.
9th Overall, 4th Female Overall
The event was organized by Bucknell's BRAIN Club with help from a few of ADMI's Advisory Council members. Proceeds from the race would benefit ADMI. I feel like this is one heck of an event that will only keep getting better. Runners and walkers and strollers welcome!
Perhaps the best part about the day is the feeling of belonging. I feel that many people there had a connection to autism. Its so nice to find a place where you can let loose and relax.