The 18th Annual Ruth Sullivan Rally for Autism will be April 27, 2019. Mark your calendar!
The Bike Tour starts at 8:50 a.m. and the 5K Run/Walk starts promptly at 9:00 a.m.
We highly encourage everyone to arrive 30-45 minutes early to get your event packet and be ready for the start!
As noted above, the 5K runners will be leaving just in front of the 5K walkers for safety.
This year's Rally for Autism bike tour will offer three route options: 11K, 33K and 46K. All rides depart prior to the 5K Run/Walk.
Check this list to see who has the biggest team. It is updated automatically every time someone registers!
A continuing congratulations to Kelsey Joi Hayden of Charles Town, WV, a sophomore at West Liberty University at the time of the 2018 T-shirt design competition. She came up with the signature blue design that was sported by Rally participants this year.
She is a Visual Communications major, with an Advertising Communications minor. Congratulations, and thanks to Kelsey for this design!
A huge thank you to the amazing women who donated their time and talent to make this beautiful quilt that was raffled off at the 2018 Ruth Sullivan Rally for Autism!
The quilt was created by mother-and-daughter duo Angie and Brittany Stuntz of Barboursville, WV, and Brenda Whittington of Apple Grove, WV. You can find them on Facebook and Etsy under "Kraftyaks".
From three different and complementary angles, our Ruth Sullivan Rally for Autism beneficiary organizations help people with autism and those who care about them. Funds raised by the Rally are distributed evenly to these three organizations:
Autism Society River Cities, a local affiliate of the Autism Society of America, provides information, support, activities and a library for individuals and their families living with autism.
Autism Services Center provides comprehensive services, including applied behavior analysis treatment and residential programs, for individuals with autism and related conditions.
The West Virginia Autism Training Center provides technical assistance and direct services statewide, and it supports college students diagnosed with autism at Marshall University and Concord University.
The Rally for Autism is named after Ruth Christ Sullivan, Ph.D., an autism pioneer from Huntington. Her lifetime commitment to the field of autism has resulted in many achievements at the national and international level - and the founding of all three of these local organizations that benefit from this event!
The 5K Walk is named in memory of the late Moira and Seaton Taylor, parents of a child with autism and activists in the Huntington and autism communities.
See the About us page for full details about these benefiting agencies.