Bikers and Hikers 'ROAR' for Kennedy Krieger Institute

March 25, 2009
April 25th event to raise funds for autism research

Update: 04/22/2009: Towson Times features local family's story to help raise money for autism research

Baltimore, MD - This year, families throughout the region will once again come together to "ROAR" for the millions of children with autism who cannot. Celebrating its 5th anniversary, Kennedy Krieger Institute's annual fundraiser ROAR for Autism will be held on Saturday, April 25 at Oregon Ridge Park. Following a successful 2008 fundraiser that featured over 1,000 participants, once again teams of families and friends will participate in the activity-filled event that helps raise critically needed funds for autism research. Autism, a complex, life-altering, developmental disorder, affects 1 in every 150 children.

ROAR for Autism will feature events and activities for every member of the family including challenging 50- and 25- mile rides, a 10-mile ride for recreational bikers, a 5-mile ride designed for beginner cyclists, and a kid's youth fun ride. For those who prefer to stay off the road and in the woods, hiking trails at Oregon Ridge will be open for all to explore. In addition to the hiking and biking activities, there will also be a family fun festival including face painting, children's entertainment, and the popular Wegmans' Wellness Village featuring healthy food for all families including those with children on special autism diets.

With last year marking the successful introduction of the online team fundraising component, participants can once again go online to register, join a fundraising team, and to build a personal fundraising page to raise money from supporters. Additionally, "Snore for ROAR" is an option again this year for those individuals who can't quite get out of bed that early but want to make their voice heard and "ROAR" for autism research. For more information about ROAR, or to register, visit www.ROAR.kennedykrieger.org or call 443-923-7300.

All cyclists and hikers can register either solo or as a team. Rest stops and bike repair services will be available along the bike routes.

WHAT:
ROAR for Autism
Fundraising Bike Ride, Hike, and Family Fun Festival for autism research
WHERE:
Oregon Ridge Park
13401 Beaver Dam Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030
WHEN:
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Registration begins at 7 a.m.; 50-mile and 25-mile routes open at 7:30 a.m.;
Hiking trails open at 8 a.m.; 5-mile and 10-mile routes open at 8:15 a.m.
Registration closes at 9 a.m. All riders must be on the course at this time.
COST:
Advance Registration by April 22:
  • Adults - $25
  • Children 12 & under - $5
  • Register by April 15 and receive a free t-shirt!
On-Site Registration
  • Adults - $30
  • Children 12 & under - $10
Children 4 and under participate for free!
Additional Information:
www.ROAR.kennedykrieger.org or call 443-923-7300

About Kennedy Krieger Institute

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD serves more than 13,000 individuals each year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop while pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis. For more information on Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit www.kennedykrieger.org.

Media Inquires

Jamie Watt or Jessie Benson, 410.243.3790