What is Run for autism?

Run for autism is a virtual event that challenges you (as an individual, with your family or in a team) to run 10km, half marathon (21.1km), marathon (42.2km) or simply choosing your own kilometre challenge.

You can run it in a day or across 8 days.

This year’s event is taking place from Sunday 31st October - Sunday 7th November.

We encourage anyone and everyone to sign up, get active and raise funds to support people on the autism spectrum! It's easy to get involved:

  1. Click the 'Register' button and complete your registration. 
  2. Personalise your fundraising page by adding an image and tell why you are running for autism. Don't forget to make a personal donation as this shows your commitment to the challenge.  
  3. Share your page with your family, friends and colleagues on social media, via text or email to make a difference! 
  4. Start training and have fun!

When and where is Run for autism?

Run for autism takes place from Sunday 31st October - Sunday 7th of November. It is a virtual running event so you can run in your own neighbourhood, in your own time. This is your challenge so you choose the kilometre distance and you can do it in a day or over 8 day period. 

How do I register?

Click the 'Register' button at the top of the page and complete the registration form. You will receive weekly emails to help you with fundraising and one of our Running Buddies will then get in touch to support you in the lead up to the event!

Are there any costs to register?

The Run challenge is free! There are no registration costs, but we encourage everyone to make the first donation to their fundraising page. This helps to kick start your fundraising efforts and motivates others to start supporting you.

How do I create or join a team?

Getting active is much more fun when you do it with others! Motivate friends, family or your workmates to take on the Run for autism challenge with you.

After you register, click just ‘Create team’ from your fundraising dashboard (and let others know the name) or search and join an existing team.

What are the benefits of getting involved in Run for autism?

Aside from challenging yourself (and your friends, family or colleagues), getting active and having fun…by taking part in the Run for autism and fundraising you will raise vital funds for Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) while creating understanding and acceptance for children and adults on the autism spectrum and their families.

How do I update my fundraising goal?

Login to your fundraising page and go to "Edit my page" - here you can change your Fundraising target and save by clicking Update Details. 

How do I add cash donations to my fundraising page?

The easiest way is to bank the cash and then do an offline donation to your page.

1. Login to your fundraising page - click "My donations" 

2. Add an offline donation and the donor's details so that they will receive a tax receipt. 

3. Make a credit card/paypal payment to your fundraising page.  

Where does my fundraising go?

Funds raised may go to our world class research program, families under pressure, autism friendly equipment and necessities for our schools as well as early childhoold support. We are always looking for ways to expand our services to more people or to support local organisations to provide more and better services. This is why we are fundraising!

What will I get when I sign up?

When you raise $250 on your personal fundraising page you will receive your very own branded Running Kit which includes a singlet and a drawstring bag as thank you of your amazing fundraising efforts. 

How do I log my kilometres?

For detailed instructions how to log your kilometres visit here

Remember the training kilometres you are now logging will be removed on in the early hours of Sunday morning on 31st of October, in time for your Run for autism challenge.  This means that everyone starts their challenge afresh!

You can manually add your training kilometres again if you wish. 

Why aren't the donations that I'm receiving through Facebook Donate button showing up on my fundraising page?

Facebook Donations are handled by a third party, so the donations will not show on your Run for autism fundraising page as we cannot sync these two platforms. Donations via Facebook Donate button can take some time to come through to us so we are not able include those on your fundraising page.

Please only share your Run for autism fundraising page link with your network of family and friends and the donations will show on your page in real time. 

Will the coronavirus (Covid-19) have an impact on Run for autism 2021 event?

Run for autism is an online, personal challenge that can be completed solo - anywhere, at any time, in any place. We recommend you follow the government’s advice for social distancing and keep up-to-date with current health recommendations given by each State.

If you are planning an event please remember public gatherings and social occasions significantly increase the risk of COVID-19 spreading. Rules for public gatherings and social gatherings differ between states and territories. Please visit your state or territory website for more information.

Who shall I contact for any enquiries relating to the event?

Please call the Running Buddies on 1800 288 476 or email run@autismspectrum.org.au.