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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 70km or simply choosing your own kilometre challenge.

You can run it within the whole month of October.

This year’s event is taking place Sunday 1 October – Tuesday 31 October 2023.

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!
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When and where is Run for autism?

Run for autism takes place 1 October – 31 October. 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 over a 31-day period. 

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Do I have to register again if I registered for previous Run for autism events?

Yes. If you participated in Run for autism in previous years, you will still need to register for Run for autism 2023. Register Here.

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How do I register?

When registration is open, you can 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!

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Are there any costs to register?

The Run for autism 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.

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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.

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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 ‘Create team’ from your fundraising dashboard (and let others know the name) or search and join an existing team.

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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.

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Where does my fundraising go?

We are running 70km for the 1 in 70 children and adults on the autism spectrum.
Funds raised through Run for autism will go towards helping families access an early diagnosis and will also be directed to providing specialised supports, such as access to specialist therapy services, autism friendly equipment for schools, and autism specific workshops for parents, carers, educators and health professionals.
In addition, your fundraising efforts also allow Aspect to raise awareness and understanding of autism in local communities, creating an autism friendly Australia. www.autismspectrum.org.au/ 

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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.  

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Will there be rewards for signing up and fundraising?

Your personal fundraising efforts will be rewarded so hurry and start sharing your fundraising page! Check out the 'Rewards page'.

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I'm unable to Run, can I walk instead?

Yes you can! We understand that not everyone is able to Run for their challenge, so please feel free to adjust to suit your own personal circumstances.  

We want this challenge to be comfortable, safe and enjoyable for you!

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Do I have to Run 70km for this challenge or can I choose my own distance?

When you register you can set your own goal distance to suit your situation or select 40km, 70km, 100km's to complete within the month of October.

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Can my team run the 70km as a combined effort?

Chosen team kilometres are based on each person in the team running that distance.

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I'm having trouble syncing Strava/Garmin/FitBit activities to my page, how can I add my kms? 

If you encounter issues with syncing your page with Strava, Garmin or FitBit, we recommend a simple alternative -and manually adding your kilometers to your dashboard.

To manually log your kilometers, please follow these steps:

  • Log in to your dedicated page
  • Navigate to your dashboard's 'My Fitness Activity'
  • Enter your kilometers manually

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How do I reset my fitness tracker for Run for autism challenge month?

The training kilometres you are now logging will be removed in the early hours of Sunday morning on 1 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. 

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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 in the early hours of Sunday morning on 1 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. 

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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. 

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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.