September 12, 2019 Share

Eden Autism to host 5K and festival Sunday, October 6

More than 1,200 runners are expected to come out and support children and adults with autism at the 16th annual Eden Autism 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, October 6.

This year’s race will be held at the Eden School, 2 Merwick Road, Princeton. The first 1,000 people to register for the 5K will receive a free T-shirt and goodie bag, and 1-mile runners/walkers will receive a finisher medal. The 5K course is USATF certified, and 5K awards will be given to the top runners in each age group.

Eden Autism is partnering with the Plainsboro Centennial Celebration to make this year’s festival our biggest one yet. Children’s entertainer mr. RAY will kick start the morning with flavor and rocking fun for all to enjoy. The Infernos — a showband who recently opened for Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett — will perform classic hits after the race.

In addition to live music, a food truck festival will allow attendees to experience flavors from around the nation without leaving New Jersey. Bounce houses, face painting, raffles, and other family-friendly activities will also be available throughout the festival.

The festival is free for all to attend. The 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk are $30 in advance, $25 for children ages 5 to 17, and $35 on race day. Registration on race day begins at 7:30 a.m. and both races begin at 9 a.m.

The goal of the event is to raise $225,000 for Eden Autism, a nonprofit that supports individuals with autism across the lifespan. Eden currently serves more than 200 participants, ranging in age from 3 to 77, through education, early intervention, employment training, and residential services.

To register, donate, or learn more information about the event, visit edenautism5k.org.