About Event

We can’t wait to see you at Sugar Land Town Square on Saturday, January 20, 2024, for the Houston 8K/5K/1K.

Here are a few things we want you to know. Please share this information with your teammates and supporters.

RACE ROUTES: Click HERE to view the 1K, 5K and 8K race route maps. 

RACE DAY ACTIVITIES: We will have plenty of fun activities for everyone!

  • You won't want to miss the selfie station at our  area representing our mission priority of promoting understanding and acceptance.Picturing an Inclusive World
  • Have fun with Legos at the Building a World of Difference area where you can learn about breakthroughs in autism science.
  • Create your own bubble wand in the Creating a Bubble of Support area where you'll find resources and information about early childhood screenings and timely interventions.
  • Find "uniquely you" temporary tattoos in the Forging Your Own Path area, bringing to life our mission priority of providing reliable information and resources.
  • And you won't want to leave without an Autism Speaks LED light keychain! You'll find those in the Shaping a Brighter Future area along with resources and information about transition to adulthood.

Site Layout Map: To see where you can find tents and specific areas on Walk day, click HERE

Arrive Early! Registration and packet pick-up opens at 6:00 a.m. Our wonderful sponsors and partners will have their booths beginning at this time. The Opening Ceremonies will begin at 7:00 a.m.. The 1K kicks off at 7:15 am, followed by the 8K at 7:30am and the 5K at 7:45am. Strollers, wheelchairs, and wagons are permitted. We run rain or shine!

Parking: View the parking map HERE

Check-In/Registration: Registration opens at 6:00 am. Donations will be collected at registration. All participants need to check-in at Registration.

You can register online up until race day. If registering the day of Run, look for the onsite registration area to complete the registration form. Donation forms will be available.

Donations: If you have money to turn in on Race Day, please turn it in at Registration. All cash and check donations collected to date should be turned in at the Run. The Donation Forms with your supporter ID can also be printed from each pre-registered participant’s individual webpage and taken to Registration. Please mail all donations to: Donations Processing Center, Autism Speaks - Houston 8K/5K/1K, P.O. Box 37148, Boone, IA 50037-0148

Please make sure your name or team name are included with the donation, so we know who to credit.

VIP: All runners who INDIVIDUALLY RAISE $100 or more will receive access to the VIP tent where we will have fun activities, breakfast foods, mimosa bar and craft beer.

Snacks and Refreshments: Visit the refreshments tent for pre-packaged snacks, fruit and water (while supplies last).

Sponsor Area & Resources: We have local service providers, members of the local autism community, and corporate companies registered to participate in our Sponsor Area, sharing information about their services and programs, and providing fun activities for children of all ages. The Sponsor and Resource Area will open at 6:00 a.m.

Stop by each of these areas to connect with our local sponsors and to gather topic specific resources! We will also have a kid-friendly activity at each area.

Safety: There will be volunteers and police making sure everyone who participates in the Run is safe and secure, but we also ask each adult to help us ensure the safety of all children and individuals who may need additional supervision. Please do not leave children alone at any of the activities, food areas, etc.

Lost Child: In the event you find a lost child or a parent looking for a child, stay with that parent or child, and take him/her to the Registration table. Autism Speaks staff and onsite security will be notified from there.

Inclement Weather: We run RAIN or SHINE! Please come prepared for any type of weather – be it rain gear or sunglasses and sunscreen (let’s hope for the latter). 

We are looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday, January 20, 2024

Questions? Please contact us at 713.724.5092 or CentralTX@AutismSpeaks.org

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About TeamUp

TeamUp is the Autism Speaks endurance fundraising program that invites you to challenge yourself, push your limits and achieve your goals while fueling our mission. Race run or ride no matter how you TeamUp, your participation empowers us to provide crucial resources, research, advocacy and support to meet urgent needs today and ensure a brighter future tomorrow.

TeamUp events include the world's most popular races (from 5Ks to marathons!), cycling adventures and Autism Speaks runs of various distances in local communities nationwide.

Let's move together toward a kinder, more inclusive world.

About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.

About Autism

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. We now know that there is not one autism but many sub-types, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. Most forms are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences, and many are accompanied by medical issues such as intestinal issues, seizures and sleep disturbances. An estimated 1 in 36 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum.

To learn more about autism, visit www.AutismSpeaks.org or contact our Autism Response Team at 888-288-4762 or en Español 888-772-9050, or email familyservices@autismspeaks.org.