Run, Bike, Walk and “ROAR For Autism” with Kennedy Krieger Institute

March 21, 2013
Participants put one foot—or pedal—in front of the other to raise awareness and critical research funds

BALTIMORE, Md. -- For the 9th year, Kennedy Krieger Institute is marking April’s Autism Awareness Month with its annual ROAR for Autism, presented by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, event on Sunday, April 28 at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Md. As one of the nation’s leaders in autism research, Kennedy Krieger Institute strives to provide early diagnosis and develop effective treatments for this brain-based disorder. ROAR for Autism gives participants a unique opportunity to raise awareness and research funds for a condition that affects the ability of nearly 1 in 88 children to communicate and form relationships with others.

ROAR for Autism, a fun-filled day with a meaningful purpose, offers activities for the entire family including a 25-mile bike route through Baltimore’s most scenic neighborhoods, a new partial road/partial cross-country 5k run and a low mileage family fun walk. Participants can fuel up pre- or post-events with breakfast and lunch options available for purchase from Kooper’s Chowhound Burger Wagon and Woody’s Taco Island Truck.

During and after the main events, participants can celebrate at the festival with a variety of activities including music, face painting, balloon art, a coloring station, a bean-bag toss, oversized croquet and more! Runners, bikers, walkers and attendees can also munch on healthy snacks from the ever-popular Wegmans Wellness Village. Additionally, an iPad mini valued at $330 will be raffled off. Raffle tickets can be bought online or at the event. Tickets are $5 each, or purchase a bundle of three for $10.

Participants and teams may go online to register, join a team and build personal fundraising pages—all in support of autism research. Want to support ROAR for Autism, but can’t attend the April 28th event? Just register to Snore for ROAR and raise awareness and funds while you sleep in.

For more information about ROAR for Autism, or to register, please visit www.ROARforAutism.org or call 443-923-7300. Also, check out ROAR for Autism on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ROARforAutism.

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 19,000 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.

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