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Running to raise awareness raise money for research

Running to raise awareness raise money for research

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visalia – Little is known about the causes of Autism. What we do know is that the numbers of children being diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) continue to climb. One in 68 children is diagnosed with ASD and in California, the prevalence of ASD cases has nearly tripled in the last two decades, according to the Centers For Disease Control.

We also know that it takes money to run the research projects to find the cause and the cure, and everyone can help with a little bit of running and a little bit of money.

The second annual Run Across the Spectrum race this Saturday, April 16 at Golden West High School, 1717 N. McAuliff St. in Visalia. The run is organized by Autism Links, a non-profit organization that provides knowledge and education to community members in an effort to expand awareness of ASD.

The run offers three distances each with different start times and fees. The ¼ mile Kids Run begins at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $15. The 8K Run starts at 7:45 a.m. with an entry fee of $25. The 1 Mile Run begins at 8 a.m. with tickets for $20. Those interested can register online at www.active.com and search “Run Across the Spectrum.” Race packets can be picked up from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, April 15 at Maverick’s Coffee House, 238 E. Caldwell Ave. in Visalia.

T-shirts will be available for purchase on race day for 1-mile participants and late registrations, but sizes are not guaranteed. For more information, email blobue@myautismlinks.org.

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