When I got an email earlier this year about a weekly Autism Fun Run in Newbury Park I was excited.
I am not a runner (well I wasn’t) and I thought it would be wonderful way for my son to get some energy out in a safe environment.
This is a place where people on the Autism Spectrum (children, teens and young adults) socialize, stretch, run and encourage each other.
Parents who can run, and help set the pace do. Others enjoy the much needed break and social time. There is also at least one local runner who turns up each Wednesday night just to help set pace.
Over the past 3 months I have managed to get stronger and can almost complete a lap of Peppertree Park now. I know it’s only 0.8 miles, but with arthritis in my feet and compressed discs in my lower back this is an achievement. My son has learnt that he needs to pace himself if he wishes to complete more than one lap.
This is a Family Fun Run where everyone is welcome:
- Kids with Autism
- Siblings and friends
- Parents and caregivers
- Runners who want to make a difference and help set the pace for a kid with Autism.
When: Every Wednesday 6:30-7:30 pm
Pepper Tree Park (map
3650 Old Conejo Rd.
Newbury Park, CA 91320
Cynthia Conway, OTR/L, a well-known local Occupational Therapist and Owner/Director of Companion Connection, has begun coaching young people with Autism and together they recently completed their first 5K race. We want to build upon that success and encourage others on the spectrum (and their families) to come out and run, jog, walk, and have a great time! In addition to Cynthia, we’ll have volunteers from Train 4 Autism and Newbury Park Track Club to help everyone safely achieve their goals. Water will be provided.
What do you need to do?
- Get a good pair of running shoes! We highly recommend Road Runner Sports in Newbury Park to help find the best shoe for you. Jim Cera (Store Manager), Deb, and Israel are all Train 4 Autism supporters so please say hello!
- Join the Train 4 Autism monthly newsletter list!
- Join Train 4 Autism Ventura County Facebook group as this will be how we confirm our meetings and stay current on all upcoming events!
If you have any questions, you can email Brian
the Ventura County Chapter President for Train 4 Autism.
Whether you are family effected by Autism or a runner who would like to make a difference in a families life we hope to see you there!