Race for Autism biggest ever

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Georgia Race for Autism and Family Fun Day, formerly known as Stonemill Race for Autism, will be bigger than ever this year.

The Oct. 2 race, which includes a 5K, a 10K and Family Fun event, has been relocated to the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville to accommodate the growing number of runners and event attendees.

The event is a fundraiser for the Autism Society of America — Greater Georgia Chapter and Spectrum Autism Support Group, both working together to teach the community more about the autism spectrum.

Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the United States, with a 10 to 17 percent annual growth. One in 110 people is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined, according to the event’s website.

Gwinnett County, which is home to the state’s largest school system, also has one of the highest rates of autism in Georgia.

Race registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 2 at the fairgrounds, and runners can begin checking in at 7 a.m. The registration fees are $35 for the 10K and $25 for the 5K.

The 10K and 5K races will begin at 8 a.m., and there will be a staggered start line for runners who have a previous race time of less than 30 minutes. Race awards will be presented in several categories at 9:30 a.m.

The Family Fun Day begins at 8:30 a.m., with food, rides, games, a petting zoo and more.

For more information, including how to register online, visit www.georgiaraceforautism.com.