Event Details


About the Autism 5K

Whether you’re a serious runner, a casual jogger or a walker, you’ll enjoy the Autism 5K.  We average over 1500 participants annually, evenly split between walkers and runners. Many groups participate in support of a particular family member, a cause, org or workplace. Others participate to compete in a certified 5K or just to enjoy a nice run or walk around Lake Calhoun (Bde Maka Ska).


Saturday, May 16, 2020

The race will start at 9am sharp, with serious runners lining up towards the front, followed by joggers and then the walkers towards the back half of the participants.


We start and finish at the NW Corner of Lake Bde Maka Ska (Calhoun) again this year!


Location: Lake Bde Maka Ska, at the Lake Calhoun Executive Center

Address:  3033 Excelsior Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

Google Map Link for directions: http://tinyurl.com/autism5k-map

Race Course:

The course follows the Lake Calhoun Parkway road around the lake (not the trail). It is a 5K (3.1 mile) run or walk and is a USA Track and Field certified 5K.
– Return Back to the tent for refreshments after your run.

The Cause:

1 in 68 American children have some form of Autism and 1 in 54 boys.  This is up 72% from 2002! (CDC numbers from March 2012)  Now more than ever we need to support our local families, build awareness and support autism research.

Join us at the Autism 5K to help our cause and support your community.

Net proceeds benefit Children with Autism Deserve Education, a local volunteer nonprofit that support children and families affected by autism, as well as research.

Registration Details:

Register Online

The easiest way to register! We’re using RunSignUp for our online registration.  During registration you can join a participation team and most importantly, get signed up!

Register Now!

Mail-in Registration Form

Our paper registrations dwindled in recent years, so we are going ONLINE ONLY now. If you need assistance, just email info@autism5k.org !

Online Only

Race Day Registration

It’s (almost) never too late to register!
Race day registration is available right up until our 9am start time. Race Day registration costs extra, but our registration volunteers are amazing to chat with. 🙂

Event Info

Registration Fees:

Net proceeds are donated to C.A.D.E., a local volunteer 501c3 nonprofit organization which supports autism research and local families affected by autism.  All net proceeds of the Autism 5K benefit C.A.D.E.

Kids Registration:

Bring the fam! The Autism 5K is introducing an option to register your kids for less and they can run or walk the 5K with you & will receive a race t-shirt.

Kids Registration: $15 in advance or $30 on race day
– For kids ages 12 and under. Includes a kids shirt.

The Autism 5K will be held, rain or shine.

Advance Packet Pickup:

Friday, May 15th, 11am-5pm

TC Running Company:
6405 City W Pkwy B5, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

**You can pick up multiple packets, please make sure you know your friends’ t-shirt size and that they know you are picking up so there is no confusion.  🙂

Kiosks will be available at Packet Pickup so that you can register there as well.

Race Day Packet Pickup:

7:30am-8:45am at Lake Calhoun, near the start.

We are expecting a record turnout this year, so please arrive early to give yourself time to park and check in.


We have the opportunity to park in the Lake Calhoun Executive Center located at 3033 Excelsior Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416 because of our new start/finish line are located nearby.  There are places to park around Lake Calhoun, but the parkway will be closed off just before the start time. The event is run on the Lake Calhoun Parkway road that circles the lake (not the paths). If you plan to run, you might consider parking away from the finish line though since you will finish well before the walkers and might not get out right away otherwise.

Kids / Strollers / Dogs / iPods??

Kids are welcome and not required to register – but can if they’d like a race shirt and/or have their times scored. Strollers and Dogs are fine for walkers, but please line up towards the back rather than towards the front with the runners. We are not restricting the use of iPods, MP3 players or headphones.  If you have a vintage yellow Sony Walkman, prepare for high fives.

Donations and Fundraising Teams:

2020 Autism 5K Page on CrowdRise: (coming soon)

The Autism 5K is using the CrowdRise platform to support our fundraising teams and to collect donations this year. Any amount donated or raised helps the cause.

Individuals can also make a one time donation during registration for this event.  You may also set up a participation team by  becoming a team captain or joining a pre-existing team.  These participation team are not related to the fundraising teams on Crowdrise.

Who is the race for?

For Serious Runners:
This is a certified  and timed course around Lake Calhoun (Bde Maka Ska), a great 5K course. Plaques will be awarded to winners in each age category (Male and Female) w/prizes for overall winners.

For Not-so-Serious Runners:
Enjoy a run around beautiful Lake Calhoun on a Spring morning.

For Walkers & Families:
The Autism 5K Family Walk draws scores of families and individuals who walk for the cause(this is not timed). Approximately 1000 walkers participated in 2011!

2020 Artwork (Stay tuned) for T-Shirts:

The T-shirt features a one of a kind creation – artwork completed by a local artist, whether that is a working professional MN artist or a local child with Autism. After 10 great years of amazing artwork, you won’t want to miss adding this one to your collection (whether you began running 11 years ago or are just getting started)!  Our 2020 design will be introduced soon!

Past designs have been completed by celebrated local artists such as Adam Turman, Mary Grand Pre’, Michael Birawer and Jeff Boutin. Other contributions have been made by remarkable individuals who live with autism.

T-shirts are available in adult and kids sizes

Note:  The t-shirt is considered a “participation shirt” and will not be sold separately.

Age Categories for Top Finishers:

12 and under


Both Male and Female Runners receive awards

Volunteers Wanted:

You can never have enough support for a large 5K like this, so if you’re not up for running, we’d love for you to help us out.  If you’re interested in lending a hand, please email Kirsten.


2019 Autism 5K Race Results link:

2018 Autism 5K Race Results link:

– click the link above to view the 2018 Autism 5K Race Results and Times!

2017 Autism 5K Race Results link:

– click the link above to view the 2017 Autism 5K Race Results and Times!

Thank you to all of our participants, volunteers, sponsors and supporters.  To those who came out on a rainy, chilly morning and all of those who supported us, you are truly an inspiration!


Contact us at info@autism5k.org