Monday, March 17 2014 @ 05:57 PM UTC
Contributed by: B' Spokes
Kennedy Krieger’s 10th annual ROAR for Autism fundraiser will feature a 25-mile bike ride, 5k run/road race, low-mileage fun walk and family festival
BALTIMORE, MD—For Autism Awareness Month in April, Kennedy Krieger Institute will once again bring the community together for its annual fundraiser, ROAR for Autism, on Sunday, April 27 at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD. Through biking, running and walking, families and supporters will gather with a united “ROAR” to raise awareness and funds for research into this puzzling disorder that so often silences the voices of those affected. Since the inaugural event in 2005, ROAR for Autism, presented by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, has raised more than $2 million for autism research at Kennedy Krieger.
Autism is a brain-based developmental disability affecting the ability of 1 in 88 children to communicate and form relationships with others. As one of the nation’s leaders in autism research, Kennedy Krieger Institute strives to provide earlier diagnosis and develop successful treatments by discovering how autism affects the brain. ROAR for Autism gives participants a unique opportunity to help fight this complex, life-altering disorder that affects 1.5 million Americans.
The 10th annual event will be a fun-filled day with a meaningful purpose, featuring a 25-mile bike ride, a newly designed 5k course, low-mileage fun walk and a family festival. Cyclists will journey through the scenic countryside of Baltimore County and runners and walkers will enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding Oregon Ridge Park. After biking, running or walking, participants will enjoy the Family Festival, featuring healthy snacks provided in the Wegmans Wellness Village, live music, mascot challenge, face painting, balloon art,coloring station, enclosed playground, nature trails, food from Kooper’s Chowhound Burger Wagon and Woody’s Taco Island Truck, and much more!
Participants and teams may go online to register and build personal fundraising pages—all in support of autism research. Want to support ROAR for Autism, but can’t drag yourself out of bed early on April 27? Go ahead and sleep in, just don’t forget to register to Snore for ROAR.
For more information about ROAR for Autism, or to register, visit www.ROARforAutism.org or call 443-923-7300.
What: ROAR for Autism 2014: 25-mile Bike Ride, 5k Run/Road Race, Low-Mileage Fun Walk & Family Festival
Oregon Ridge Park
13401 Beaver Dam Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030
Sunday, April 27, 2014
6:30am Registration and check-in opens for bike ride
7:00am Bike ride begins and registration opens for 5k and Fun Walk
8:00am All bike riders must be on course
8:00am 5k run and Fun Walk begins
8:30am Family Festival begins
10:30am Awards ceremony and mascot challenge
11:30am Raffle drawing
12:00pm Family Festival ends and start/finish closes
AdvanceOnline Registration (ends April 23)
Adults - $35 (Festival only - $15)
Children 5-12 - $15 (Festival only $5)
Children 4 & under – FREE
Late/On-Site Registration (April 27)
Adults - $40 (Festival only - $20)
Children 5-12 - $20 (Festival only $10)
Children 4 & under – FREE
About Kennedy Krieger Institute
Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD serves more than 20,000 individuals each year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop while pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis. For more information onKennedy Krieger Institute, visit www.kennedykrieger.org.