Event Details

When the clock strikes noon on Saturday, April 27, hundreds of walkers and runners (and strollers!) are expected at Riverfront Park for Spokane’s 9th annual 5k Steps for Autism. The event caps off Autism Awareness Month and is being presented by Northwest Autism Center.

Steps for Autism is a unique opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the lives and relationships of those touched by autism.  This annual event promotes community inclusion and integration; healthcare providers walking alongside clients, teachers walking alongside students, and families walking alongside neighbors demonstrating the care and investment in each other that our region is known for.   

In the vendor village, participants will find several autism-friendly businesses and resource providers throughout the event and available for questions. 

Rain or shine, the Spokane community is encouraged to join the fun and help make this the most caring stroll ever!  The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the 5k walk/run/roll beginning at noon at the Ice Age Playground

Saturday, April 27, 2024

11:00 a.m. Participant check-in and registration

Noon – 2 p.m. 5K Walk/Run/Roll

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Family fun activities

Those participating in the 5k walk/run/roll will start at the Riverfront Park’s Ice Age Playground and follow the Centennial Trail following it to the east toward Gonzaga University. From here participants will cross over the Centennial Trail Engineering Bridge, continuing west back toward N. Washington Way and crossing over King Cole Way, follow the loop around Havermale Point and past the Forestry Shelter. Then head southwest to cross over the Rivertrail bridge back to the Centennial Trail. Participants will continue on the trail and pass around the southside of the Looff Carrousel, heading west past the Rotary Fountain toward Post street. Then swing around the Joy of Running Together Sculpture, head north up to the Park Trail before going east back onto the Centennial Trail. Participants will then follow the river toward the North Howard Street bridge. crossing the bridge across Havermale Island and Canada Island toward the finish line back at the Ice Age Playground.

Donate to the cause

Looking for other ways to get involved and make a difference? Donations are welcome to help us ensure a successful event and continue to provide resources to families and children affected by autism. Click here to make your tax-deductible donation today!