Facing Autism fun run is Saturday

Facing Autism will hold its first 5k run/walk Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center.

More than just a fundraiser, there will also be a free Family Fair to provide families with more information about autism and services in the area, as well as free activities for the kids.

Vendors will provide games and activities, said Janel Lincoln, Facing Autism co-director.

After registration begins at 8:30 a.m., the race starts at 9:30 a.m.

There are about 90 people signed up so far, Lincoln said.

It’s not too late to sign up and walk, though. Visit facingautismfd.com for more information. People can also come out the day of the event, and take part in the fair whether or not they are part of the race.

Facing Autism was started by a group of parents who wanted more opportunities for their children. It recently became an incorporated group, and puts on activities every month or so.

One reason for the fundraiser is so Facing Autism can continue to do free events, Lincoln said, since many of these do have a cost behind the scenes.

“We also have some bigger dreams,” Smith said. “We would like to fundraise enough to get a sensory playplace in the mall, or somewhere in Fort Dodge, where it would be specific to special needs kids.”

They also dream of starting a regular support group for siblings and family members, Lincoln said.