Celebrate Autism Awareness Month at the Fourth Annual Bridge Valley Trail Blazer Race for Autism on April 16th

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The Bucks County Autism Support Coalition (BCASC) and the Bucks 5K Series to Team Up for a Day of Family Fun and Fitness

April is Autism Awareness Month. What better way to bring that awareness to our community than by participating in the 4th Annual Bridge Valley Trail Blazer Race for Autism 5K / 1-mile Fun Walk on Saturday April 16, 2011, at Bridge Valley Elementary School in Furlong, PA? In addition to a 5K race and the fun run, the event will feature vendors, food, and activities for children. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The 5K race will start promptly at 10:15 a.m. The One Mile Fun Run begins at 9:30 a.m. Several age groups are in line for race awards.

For the race, the Bucks County Autism Support Coalition (BCASC) will join forces with the Bucks 5K Series, a non-profit organization that coordinates 5K road races. While raising money for the BCASC, the race is part of a fun-filled day of family activities that also aims to increase awareness of the value of physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

The 2010 Race for Autism raised more than $18,000 for the BCASC with 1,300 registered participants, more than 100 volunteers, and hundreds of spectators. In addition, a new race record of 17:15 was set by James Munnelly. One participant summed up the event as, “…An incredible event. The fun that all the kids and families have is amazing; the race was perfectly orchestrated and we really enjoyed everything.”

Organizers had two goals when Bridge Valley Elementary School held its first one-mile fun run/walk in June 2007. The first was to raise awareness of the value of physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. The second was to create a “race-like” atmosphere with sponsors, T-shirts, a timing system, entertainment, and all of the amenities of a well-run race. At that time, Bridge Valley Elementary School was one of nine schools that hosted regional autistic support classes. The school’s ability to welcome community involvement for the race, hold a well-organized event, and maintain a strong family feel have been key parts of the mission for this race ever since. In 2008, the committee moved the event to April in recognition of Autism Awareness Month, and added the 5K race.

For more information about the Race for Autism or to donate, volunteer or participate, please visit http://www.bvraceforautism.com/info.html.

About the Bucks County Autism Support Coalition (BCASC):
The Bucks County Autism Support Coalition (BCASC) is an all-volunteer, 501 (c) 3 non-profit community-based organization focused on maximizing the personal development of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This group is comprised of parents and family members, educators from local school districts and intermediate units, mental health professionals, physicians, individuals with autism, and behavior specialists. For information visit: http://www.bcasc.org/

About the Bucks 5K Series:
The Bucks 5k Series is a non-profit organization that facilitates and coordinates a series of 5k road races. These races all raise money for worthy causes, provide wholesome family activities, and improve the physical fitness of our communities. The Series includes seven races, all in the spring, and all in central Bucks County. Last year the series as a whole raised $119,000 and consisted of nearly 5,300 runners ranging in age from seven to over 70.

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