Did you know that autism is now the most prevalent childhood developmental disorder in the United States, affecting 1 in every 88 children born today. 1 in every 46 children in Utah. Autism is a lifelong neurological disorder that impairs communication, behavior, learning, and social skills. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups and is four times more likely to strike boys than girls. Autism statistics show that it is reaching epidemic proportions. It appears during the first three years of life and there are no known causes or cure...YET!

More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than AIDS, diabetes, and cancer combined. In Utah, every 20 minutes a child is diagnosed with autism. We hope you can help!

"Strides for Autism" is a sanctioned 5K run and 1 mile fun run/walk. Our goal is to raise funds for Autism Speaks as well as provide families the opportunity to gather and celebrate their loved ones with autism. This event is organized by a Utah family who is dedicated to supporting their grandson, nephew, cousin, brother, son and friend Riley Nelson. Riley was diagnosed with autism at 23 months of age after his extensive speech vocabulary diminished to nothing. He is currently 11 years old and continues to work to make sounds but is still considered non-verbal. Riley's family is dedicated to providing him with the best support possible and in this effort continues to change the future for ALL individuals affected by autism.

The Fourth Annual Strides for Autism will be held...
Saturday April 13th, 2013
in Lehi, Utah

2150 N. Pointe Meadows Drive (roughly 1900 west)

This year we are doing the races at separate starting times...
5K Race - 8:00 a.m.
1 Mile Fun Run - 9:00 a.m. 

Awards for the 5K will be done before the 1 Mile Fun Run begins
Race Day Registration will be begin at 7:00 am
5K Race Day registration will end promptly at 7:45.
Registration for the 1 Mile Fun Run will end promptly at 8:45 am

If you'd like to run because you know someone with Autism, let us know and the proceeds of your registration will go towards that person's Walk Now for Autism team donations!
We hope to make this year a huge success so we hope you'll come and join us!

There will be lots of information there on Autism
along with bounce houses, balloon entertainer, star wars characters, princesses, music, food, fun, t-shirts, and great prizes.

All proceeds from our annual "Strides for Autism" are given directly to Autism Speaks and used to fund research, awareness, family services and advocacy. Together we can make an impact locally for families who are affected by Autism. Grants from Autism Speaks have come back to the state of Utah in many forms including the funding of continuous autism research at the University of Utah.