Event Details

When the clock strikes noon on Sunday, April 23, hundreds of walkers and runners (and strollers!) are expected at Riverfront Park for Spokane’s 8th annual 5k Steps for Autism. The event caps off Autism Awareness Month and is being presented by Northwest Autism Center and the Autism Society of Washington.  

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.   

Along the route this year, participants will be greeted by OTTO the Spokanasaurus, pick up free ice cream at the halfway point provided by Alloe & Appa and participate in a variety of sensory-friendly activities.  Several autism-friendly businesses and resource providers will be present 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 Forestry Shelter.

Sunday, April 23, 2023

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

Noon – 1 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 Forestry Shelter, crossing King Cole Way north over to 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 to end at the Forestry Shelter.

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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!