Is AutismOklahoma part of a national organization?
No. AutismOklahoma is a local non profit organization founded in 2002.
Why does it matter?
With 1 in 59 children diagnosed on the autism spectrum, it is likely that everyone knows, or will know, a family impacted by autism. More children are diagnosed with autism than Cancer, AIDS and Diabetes combined.
Where does my money go?
To support the 4,500 children, adults and families directly served by us each year i n13 Oklahoma communities. Our 86 programs are free or very low cost, and 95 cents of each dollar raised goes directly back into programs. Your tax-deductible donation provides local support for local families
No other local organization offers families impacted by autism the programs and services we do. We have carved out a highly-successful, creative and unique niche to serve our communities and know that Interest + Opportunity = MAGIC.
DASH is AutismOklahoma’s mascot – our fun-loving red puzzle piece ambassador of joy. He is an expert at Thinking Differently. DASH loves to be part of our community, and you’ll see him at other races, at school assemblies, and other special events. DASH loves everyone, with or without autism, and shares our mission wherever he goes. If you see DASH, take a selfie with him!
You can expect thousands of people who, like you, love somebody with autism. There will be teams of two to 125, walking one mile together, many in matching team t-shirts. There will be runners racing the 3.1 mile course. There will be a Resource Fair with dozens of vendors sharing autism services, products and fun activities and the Kidz Zone with hands-on fun for kids of all ages. You can expect to be surrounded by volunteers who will help you in any way they can.There will be PieceWalk and AutismOklahoma merchandise for sale so you can get a souvenir from your day, and a Quiet Area is provided if your child needs a rest from the noise and the crowd. You can expect AutismOklahoma’s grace and hospitality at every turn.
In so many ways! It gives you a day to celebrate your family. It gives your family and friends a way to show your family their love and support. It is a day for you to meet other families, reconnect with old friends and make new ones. It is a day that shows Oklahoma the unique gifts, talents and perspectives of its 1 in 59 citizens on the autism spectrum. The PieceWalk is our primary funding source, so what does that mean to you? It means that we can continue to provide 86 programs across Oklahoma for FREE or very low cost to our families.
Is it a timed race?
Yes, the 5K is a timed event, and our course is measured, approved and sanctioned by USATF.
Will I get a medal?
All 5K finishers receive a medal.
What is the course?
As downtown OKC continues to undergo construction and growth, we work with the City to determine the safest and least obstructed route. Once it is determined and sanctioned, we will post the course map on the website.
Where do I pick up my race packet?
Packet pickup is at AutismOklahoma’s Studio at 806 Dean A. McGee Ave. in downtown OKC on
Thursday, May 2 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday May 3 from 9:00 Am to 7:00 PM
There is no race day packet pickup.
Can I register the day of the race?
Online registration for the 5K ends at midnight CST on May 3rd. There is no race day registration.
Do I have to register?
You do not have to register to walk in the PieceWalk. There is a registration process and fee for the 5K.
Are there perks to registering your team?
Yes. We strongly encourage you to register, it’s easy and it’s free to do so.When you register your team, you are automatically designated Team Captain, giving you have the chance to share your story, receive all of the informative PieceWalk newsletters, receive the Elite Chasers Bag of Tricks handbook, be eligible for contests, and have a simple method by which to communicate with your family and friends who can join your team.