Autism Speaks 5K Held July 4th in Potomac

Congressman Chris Van Hollen at Potomac 5K

Congressman Chris Van Hollen at Potomac 5K

The 15th annual Autism Speaks 5K run and 1-mile walk took place on July 4th in Potomac.

Each year, this event attracts thousands of participants from around the Washington D.C. area.

According to organizers, this event has raised $3 million since it began in 2000, and that’s more than any other 5K in Autism Speaks history.

The pre-race warm up began at 7:30 a.m., the 5K race began at 8 a.m. and the walk at 8:10 a.m. on Saturday, July 4th at the Potomac Library parking lot, 10101 Glenolden Drive.

BOWA, a home renovation firm in McLean, Va., has been the 5K’s presenting sponsor for 12 years and has a personal connection to autism. Steve Kirstein, a board member on the local chapter of Autism Speaks and principal at BOWA, has a son with autism and founded BOWA’s Richie’s Racers Team in honor of his son Richard. So far, the BOWA team has raised $175,000 – making it one of the walk’s most significant fundraisers.

BOWA Richie's Racers Team

BOWA Richie’s Racers Team


You can find out more about the event here.

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2 Responses to “Autism Speaks 5K Held July 4th in Potomac”

  1. On March 24, 2016 at 3:59 pm responded with... #

    Very interested in increasing money for Autism Waivers.

  2. On March 24, 2016 at 4:00 pm responded with... #

    Autism waiver funding needs to be increased.

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