Make It Happen 20k Race Series Kicks Off This Weekend with OutRun Autism 5k in Oswego

OSWEGO, NY – The first race of the “Make It Happen 20k Race Series,” the third annual OutRun Autism 5k and Breakfast of Autism Champions, will kick off on April 7.

The event will get started at 8:30 a.m. with a Kids Fun Run, followed by the 5k, and will take place in front of the Press Box Restaurant on East First Street and throughout the eastside in Oswego.

The event, which already has more than 200 registrants for this year, will support the Oswego County Autism Task Force, a non-profit organization that seeks to enhance the lives of those touched by Autism Spectrum Disorder in Oswego County.

The participants of the 5k race represent families, caregivers, teachers, service providers, siblings, friends, and children themselves on the Autism spectrum.

“Make It Happen 20k Race Series” organizers gathered recently to finalize plans for the upcoming OutRun Autism 5k that will be held on April 7. From left are race organizers Julie Chetney, Sean Callen, Michele Hourigan and Leo Babcock.

The new “Make It Happen 20k Race Series” combines the traditional 5k races of the Oswego County Autism Task Force, Oswego Little League, Oswego Health Foundation, and the Buc Boosters, into a new 20k series.

Participants can now compete in all four individual events to determine an overall race series winner.

The overall winners will be based on age group divisions and race time results from the combined four individual races.

According to event organizers, runners can still register for the individual races, however, and not necessarily participate in the 20k series.

Major sponsors for the “Make It Happen 20k Race Series” include: Step One Creative, Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists, Plumbers and Steamfitters #73, and Northern Building Trades.

Participants are encouraged to visit www.lightboxreg.com and do an event search and register for the individual 5k races listed below, or a convenient registration link for the entire race series has been established at http://www.lightboxreg.com/makeithappenraceseries_2018

The race dates are as follows:

April 7 – third annual OutRun Autism 5k Run/Walk

June 1 – fourth annual Oswego Little League 5k Run/Walk

August 11 – third annual Run for Your Health 5k Run/Walk

September 29 – third annual Go Bucs 5k Run/Walk

For additional information on the race series please contact Make It Happen Committee member Leo Babcock at (315) 456-9507.