Non-Profit Race Previews: 2 April races benefitting Autism Awareness

This upcoming April, there are a few races throughout the valley that are benefits for Autism Awareness. Check them out to know your money is going to a great cause!

I Run for Desmond has been around for a few years now, but is settling into Cook Park in Tigard this year. This 5k event assists in purchasing iPads and learning tools for the Special Education Department at Charles F. Tigard Elementary School.  Here is a little bit about how the race came about:

I would like to tell you about an awesome kid named Desmond. He is my son and he has a form of (ASD) Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is a disorder in which effects thousands of people in our community every day. This disorder involves delay in social /communication abilities and learning development.

Desmond has been such a blessing for our family. He can shine a light on anyone’s day, if you just spent a few moments interacting with him. He has his own ways of expressing himself and getting everyone’s attention. In this past year that Desmond has attended Charles F. Tigard Elementary school he has shown tremendous improvement in his social and communication abilities. I thank everyone who has supported Desmond at this school. I want to continue helping my son succeed in his education, but the funds are not always available to the special education department to meet the needs of the children with many disorders like Desmond.

The 5k will snake through Cook Park and all registrations will come with a raffle ticket, as well as being able to participate in tons of great post-race activities, such as:

  • Cook Park Playground
  • Proud Sponsor Tables/Vendor Booths
  • ​Lakeshore Learning Center “Craft Activity Table”
  • Spectra Gymnastics “Gym Equipment”
  • “Angry Birds Game” Gracepoint Community Church
  • “Free Massage” From True Potential Chiropractic
  • Army National Guard
  • Cupcake/Water Station

I Run for Desmond (Tigard)
When: Saturday, April 8, 2017 (9a)
Where: Cook Park
Register: Online here; $25

Every day, Bridgeway House offers treatments, developmental therapies, enrichment courses and support to children and families of all income levels with autism and related abilities.

The difference that Bridgeway House makes for families and children living with autism comes with a price. Sadly, most families cannot afford the full cost of our critical services which are vital to our clients living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

You can assist in doing your part by registering for the 2017 Bridgeway Run for Autism in Eugene on Saturday, April 23rd. This 8k and 5k will take place in Alton Baker Park. Both courses are flat, fast and scenic, and will take place on the bike paths along the Willamette River. Both distances cross the river at the Autzen and DeFazio bridges, with the 8K including a loop through the eastern portion of Alton Baker Park.

Bridgeway Run for Autism (Eugene)
When: Saturday, April 23, 2017 (2p)
Where: Alton Baker Park
Register: Online here; $15 (or $27.50 with shirt); Add $5 DOR

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

%d bloggers like this: