WNC Run/Walk for Autism Raises $61,000 for Families

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More than 600 people turned out Saturday, Sept. 14, for the 8th annual WNC Run/Walk for Autism in Asheville, raising more than $61,000 to benefit families served by the Autism Society of North Carolina.

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The Autism Society of North Carolina raised more than $61,000 on Saturday, Sept. 14, as more than 600 people participated in the 8th annual WNC Run/Walk for Autism in Asheville.

Proceeds from the event will support individuals on the autism spectrum and their families throughout the Western North Carolina community. All money raised by the Autism Society of North Carolina stays in North Carolina, providing support and promoting opportunities for the over 60,000 people in our state affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The WNC Run/Walk for Autism succeeded this year through the ongoing support of Diamond Brand and many other repeat and new contributors. The event included a competitive 5K race, a 5K noncompetitive run, and a recreational 1K run/walk.

The event also featured a family-friendly festival with a bigger and better fun zone, refreshments supplied by local sponsors, and vendor space where more than 25 businesses, service providers, local support resources, and sponsors were showcased. An army of energetic volunteers kept the event running smoothly.


  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. Recent studies estimate that up to 1 of every 70 children born in North Carolina will be affected by ASD.
  • For over forty years, the Autism Society of North Carolina has worked to address areas of need and expand services for the autism community in North Carolina. ASNC works to directly improve the lives of individuals affected by autism, by providing advocacy, education, and services.
  • Additional information is available by calling 1-800-442-2762 or by visiting http://www.autismsociety-nc.org.

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