The Autism Society of Illinois 12th Annual Rally for Autism is approaching fast! Join us on August 16th at Independence Grove in Libertyville for another quality event! You can register at For the runner, again this year we will have event-specific medals, chip timing and tech fabric t-shirts making this a high quality running event! Family members with autism get a special 5K participation rate and there is no charge to come and check out the autism resource area. Along with food and a fun fair for the kids there is something for everyone at the Rally! We know you have a choice of many 5K races and autism events and we are thrilled that so many of you come back year after year and hope you will choose the Rally for Autism once again!

Run Date!! August 16th, 2014



12th Annual Rally for Autism update!

The last early bird registration rate expires Thursday July 31st. Register now and save $5. 
Register now at

We have updated the start and finish locations. We have a wider start line and have eliminated the “out and back” near the finish.

Just announced! Early packet pickup will be held at the Runner’ s Edge, 524 N Milwaukee Ave. in Libertyville on Thursday 8/14 from 11-7 p.m.

Be sure to “Like” the Rally for Autism Facebook group and attend our “event”!

Please make a donation via www.autismillinois .org or volunteer by contacting

Thank you!

Eric L. Smith
Race Director
12th Annual Rally for Autism



Location and time
Independence Grove Forest Preserve 
16400 Buckley Road Route 137 East of Route 21
Libertyville, IL
Registeration and Fun starts at 7:00am!
Race starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. Walk to begin at 9:01. Fun Fair until 11:00 a.m. Raffle prizes to be drawn during award ceremony.
Goals of the event
We aim to provide runners and walkers of all abilities a high quality event! Proceeds from the Autism Society of Illinois- Eleventh Annual Rally For Autism will fund provide direct support to families affected by Autism, assist other non-profit organizations which serve the Autism community and raise awareness of Autism.
Packet pick up / t-shirts / gear check
Early packet pickup TBD. We will do our best to provide each registrant with a goody bag and technical fabric t-shirt but this cannot be guaranteed. 
Rally for Autism Donations
Simply select "I just want to make a donation" or  after you register your team make your own TEAM PAGE AND COLLECT DONATIONS!  
Awards Ceremony
We will endeavor to have the awards ceremony begin by 10:25. There will be trophies for the Top Male and Female Overall and Masters winners. Medals for Top 3 finishers in each age division: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 and up! Additional awards for top Individual pledge collectors.
Family Activities
The Autism Society of Illinois will in addition to the featured 5k Run/Walk, provide fun fair for "kids" of all ages, bounce house and slide too! Plan to stay the day and enjoy all the recreational activities of beautiful Independence Grove.
No pets allowed
No pets other than Service Animals are allowed in Independence Grove.
Everyone can be a winner at the Rally for Autism. Each registrant will be given a raffle ticket to enter for a chance to win a prize of their choice. Additional tickets can be purchased $1 each or 6 for $5. A list of available prizes will be emailed during the week preceding the event!
Autism Society of Illinois Rally for Autism -Resource Fair
Visit the vendors in our resource tent to learn all about autism and how you can assist your loved ones with autism. If you would like to be part of the resource fair please contact Mary Kay Betz at for pricing. Non For Profits will be free of charge.
CARA Certified Race

This race has applied for and received the Chicago Area Runners Association designation as a CARA CERTIFIED RACE.  This race has agreed to adhere to and uphold CARA’s Best Practices Guidelines.  These Guidelines embody the highest standards for quality, safety and comfort for participants in a road race.


Due to CARA’s advocacy efforts, runners in the Chicagoland area enjoy some of the highest quality road races in the country.  To view the Guidelines and to learn more about CARA, visit


The Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding, motivating, supporting and celebrating the running community of Chicagoland.  CARA connects runners to resources that enable them to run – farther, faster, better, for life.

Rally For Autism Sponsors 
We are excited to announce a major partnership with Runner's Edge stores! 2013 Sponsors: Runner's Edge, Lake County Journal, Apex Fitness,  KMA and Associates Inc. Architects, Ashley Design, Grayslake Orthodontics, Kids Dentist, RedStar Sportswear, Find Sports Now, Brain Balance, Mandolini Co. Inc., AAA TentMasters, Road, Earthly Goods, USA Track and Field, Chicago Athlete. To become a sponsor or for more information about sponsorship please contact the Autism Society of Illinois-1.888.691.1270 or email We will keep you updated on new sponsors as they join!
Course and Starting Line
As in previous years, the course follows the scenic Overlook and Lakeside Trails, crossing three bridges and winding around a beautiful lake. The race route is entirely asphalt paved, with gentle hills and curves. For those familiar with the event look for minor revision to the final 1/4 mile. There will be multiple water stations and mile-split times. NO bicycles, skates, roller blades, are permitted in 5K Run. Wheel chairs, jogging strollers, wagons are permitted but must start at rear of pack. Course (will be) USATF certified - certification number (to be revised). Registered runners and walkers will be chip timed as provided by LakeShore Athletic Services! We ask that you place yourself at the starting line at an appropriate location for your expected pace as we have a thin starting line. NO ONE UNDER 18 ALLOWED AT FRONT OF PACK AT THE STARTING LINE. Walkers to remain at rear of pack and will start 1 minute after runners.
Volunteers Needed!
We are in need of volunteers for race day and to help organize the event. Come and join our successful team! The Rally For Autism is a great opportunity for community groups to help a most worthy cause! Contact us at
Race Results
Race results by Lakeshore Athletic Services will be made available during the event. Complete results will be linked on our website and posted at
08/16/2014 7:00 AM   through   12:00 PM
Independence Grove Forest Preserve, Libertyville
16400 Buckley Rd
Libertyville, IL 60048
United States

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Phone: 6306911270
Runner/Walker $ 30.00
Individual With Autism $ 15.00

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