Autism Oklahoma Piece Walk and 5K to raise funds for Oklahoma Families
Fundraiser brings together those affected by Autism throughout the state
OKLAHOMA CITY– For thousands of individuals affected by autism, May 5 will be a day to encourage others to run or walk for a cause. The Autism Oklahoma Piece Walk and 5K is an annual event in which groups form teams to earn donations for families affected by Autism in Oklahoma.
The name refers to a puzzle piece, which has been the symbol for autism for decades. Like a puzzle piece, those affected by autism experience a puzzling disorder that prevents them from “fitting in.”
So far this year, the walk has raised over $100,000, surpassing fundraising goals and expectations from committee members.
“Each year, this event has grown and it is thanks to the families who continue to participate and spread the word,” event co-chair, Kathy Thompson said.
The event will take place outside the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on May 5 starting at 7:30 a.m. The morning will be filled with family-friendly activities in and outside the ballpark.
A Resource Fair will open at 7:30 a.m. in the breezeway of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive. The fair will feature booths of organizations from across the state. The Philharmonic Instrument Playground, Unpluggits Play Studio, Bounce Houses, the Forever After Princesses, Victory Dance and the OKC Jedi’s will entertain children of all ages.
The Piece Walk will begin at 8:30 and is free to everyone. The run will begin at 9 a.m. and cost of participation is $30 before the event and $35 on May 5.
Packet pickup for runners will take place May 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Red Coyote in Classen Curve. The first place runner will win a pair of running shoes from Red Coyote. To register, visit www.piecewalk.org.
For more information on Autism Oklahoma and the 2012 Piece Walk & 5K, please visit AutismOkahoma.org and piecewalk.org.