Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville will host the 16th Annual Breakthrough Run/Walk for Autism on April 30. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Regal Cinemas Pinnacle Stadium 18, 11240 Parkside Drive in Turkey Creek.
The run, held each April during National Autism Acceptance Month, supports Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide services that enable adults with autism in East Tennessee to lead purposeful lives.
Individuals, teams, and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities are invited to participate in either the 5K run or a one-mile fun walk. Community, corporate and school teams are welcome, and many teams are organized in support of an individual on the autism spectrum. Registration, after April 19 and in person from 7-7:30 a.m. race day, is $30.
If you can’t make it to the race, there is a “sleeping but supporting” option on the website for $25. Donations are always accepted, and it’s an easy way to show your support without leaving the comfort of your home, the group said.
Looking to volunteer? There are positions still available for registration volunteers, Breakthrough Buddy volunteers, and course monitors. Registration and course monitor volunteers arrive at 7 a.m. and finish at 9 a.m. Breakthrough Buddy volunteers will walk or run the 5K or one-mile fun run with a Breakthrough Buddy and arrive at 7:30 a.m.
Any individual with a disability may register to run or walk as a Breakthrough Buddy. A Buddy may request to participate with a volunteer, who will run or walk the course with the Buddy. Breakthrough Buddies receive special recognition during the award ceremony.
Proceeds go to Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville in support of its mission.
To register, go to: runsignup.com/Race/TN/Knoxville/BreakthroughRunforAutism.
For more information: breakthroughknoxville.org/.