11th Annual 5K Run and Walk for Autism Awareness this weekend

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — April is Autism Awareness Month, and an event this weekend benefits the community.

The 11th Annual 5K Run and Walk for Autism Awareness is this Saturday, April 21st.

Race check-in begins at 7:15 a.m., and there will be two speakers at 9:00 a.m.

The race then kicks off at 9:30 a.m.

James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University teamed up with the Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership to hold the event, and the race starts and finishes at EMU's university commons.

"We have grown significantly, we get at least 1,000 people that come out and do this," said Lynda Chandler, one of the event organizers. "There's something to be said about a sea of people all walking for a cause."

Lynda Chandler is a board member of the Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership. Her son, Valor, has autism, and her whole family participates in the 5K.

"My son won't be running, he usually comes out and walks," said Chandler. "There's a group of his friends, his teachers that all walk with him. Usually my daughter and I go out and run it!"

There will be live music, raffles, and food at the event as well!

Pre-registration ends Thursday at noon and costs $20 for individuals and $15 for teams of five or more.

You can still register the day of, which costs $30.