Registration Now Open!
Every Step Counts Walk & 5K Run  October 3, 2020!


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Each year, the Howard County Autism Society’s (HCAS’) Every Step Counts Autism Walk & 5K Run  brings together those touched by autism and members of the wider community in a supportive, energizing, fun environment. The event has traditionally featured a 5K run and a 4K walk around Centennial Lake in Ellicott City, MD. This year however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be reimagined as a hybrid event with on-site and virtual event options. Participants may elect to walk or run at Centennial Park on October 3rd OR participate virtually at a time and location of their choosing.  Registration opens July 30, 2020.

HCAS is excited to partner with the Autism Society of Baltimore-Chesapeake (ASBC) to bring the 2020 Every Step Counts Autism Walk & 5K Run to life. The collective goal is to raise $75,000 toward programs and services for a local autism community that is more than 5,000 strong!

New this year will be a Kick-Off Event on August 30th , a festive Car Parade & Packet Pick-Up through the HCAS parking lot, featuring a DJ, sponsor giveaways, costumed characters, drone photos, and prizes for the best decorated vehicles…all from the comfort and safety of your car!

A Facebook LIVE Event will be streamed from Centennial Park on October 3rd putting participants in the center of the action as the event unfolds with live coverage, a fitness warm up and yoga cool down, as well as pre-recorded messages from the autism community, local VIPs, sponsors and other community supporters. Every Step Counts LIVE! will wrap up the day’s events with an evening awards ceremony and dance party.

Together, We Can Make a Difference! For over 27 years, the Howard County Autism Society has served individuals with autism, their families, and community by providing information, support, and advocacy; promoting awareness of autism that values the dignity and uniqueness of each individual; and working to improve the quality of and access to services and to educational opportunities. Nationally the prevalence of autism is estimated at 1 in 54 births by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The overall rate in Maryland is about 1 in 52–one of the highest in the country-and Howard County has the highest incidence of autism per capita in the state owing to the quality of its educational system, support services and accepting community.

Now more than ever, #Every Step Counts so that we can continue to provide critical services, raise awareness, and educate the public about the complexities of autism.

Registration now open!

Questions?  Contact the event coordinators at 410-290-3466 or



Thanks to your support, we raised over $65,000
through this event in 2019!

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GOLD SPONSOR:  Lisa Higgins Hussman Foundation


Howard Tech Advisors  .  Remedy Medical Dispensary  .  SECU  .  Verbal Beginnings


Stephanie Maric, The Legal Team of Long & Foster


AutoStream Car Care  .  Boston Environmental & Contracting  .  Chesapeake Employers Insurance  .  Chi Yon Barbosa, Real Estate  .  Crafton Dental  .  Elville & Associates  .  Fulton Bank  .  The Perfect Pour  .  SAGE Title Group Timonium  .  Trellis Services  .  THRIVE Center for Emerging Young Adults


Anderson Center for Autism  .  Awesome Respite  .  John & Selena Benevides  .  Brandon Dean’s Childcare  .  Crossroads Psychological Associates  .  Harbor Investment Advisory  .  Horizon Foundation  .  Humanim  .  Integrity Speech/Children’s Therapy Center .  Kennedy Krieger-Behavioral Psychology  .  Morrison Chiropractic P.A.   .  NeuroBehavioral Associates  .  Sheppard Pratt Health System  .  Sweet Frog-Laurel  .  Tooth Story  .  Valley Landscaping


Maryland ABLE  .  Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital  .  SPARK for Autism/KKI  .  The Kaleidoscope-A Sensory Friendly Social Club


Athletes Serving Athletes  .  B-Roll Media & Arts, Inc.  .  Beyond the Badge Foundation  .  BSA Baltimore Council Special Needs Committee  .  Clyde’s  .  Columbia Ale House  .  Columbia Presbyterian Church  .  Dunkin’ Donuts  .  Every Life Works  .  Frederick Keys Baseball  .  Giant Food  Glory Days  .  Heavy Seas  .  Howard County Fire & Rescue  .  Howard County Office of Emergency Management  .  Howard County Library System  .  Howard County Police Department  .  Howard County Recreation & Parks  .  Itineris Creative Arts Program  .  La Palapa  .  LAUNCH-Columbia  .  Manor Hill Brewing  .  Merriweather Post Pavilion  .  Monster Golf  .  The Parents Place of Maryland  .  RoadRunner Sports  .  Robinson Nature Center  .  Royal Farms  .  SAFE Food Pantry  .  Starbucks  .  Special Olympics Maryland-Howard County  .  Steelfire Kitchen & Bar  The Children’s Spot  .  Toby’s Dinner Theatre  .  Wegmans