The 5th Annual David's Run for Autism was held on May 4th, 2019 in Nappanee, IN. Race Day weather was really nice with cloudy skies and temps right at about 50 degrees. This is not a large race, but it is for a good cause. All proceeds go to benefit Autism Charities. There were 48 participants in the 3k, and 105 in the 5k.
Packet pickup was easy with two options. You could pick up your packet the night before at Nappanee Elementary School (Race location) or you could get it race morning. We elected to get ours the evening before, just to get it out of the way. Race shirts were a bright orange cotton shirt with the colorful logo on the front and sponsors on the back. You also got a nice David's Run for Autism pen as well. Very nice for office use at work.
Prior to the race, there was a couple of people who spoke, basically thanking everyone who came out to the race and came to Nappanee. Speakers included the mayor as well as race director, Noah Price (David's Brother). David started this race back when he was in high school and has continued to do well with it ever since, even with him now going to school in Fort Wayne. Prior to the race, there was also a firetruck that kids could go up and see and ask the firemen questions. I think my son Derek spent about an hour asking the firemen about every question that he could think of. God bless them.
The race is a flat course with no real rise of elevation. The course is also very well marked and volunteers at every turn. The course stays on neighborhood streets and does run through one park where the only aid station is located on the course. It is a flat course but has a lot of turns so it isn't the fastest course. Really, it was a good race though and wish that more local runners ran. I do know that there are a couple of other races in bigger towns that same day that brings in more runners that I am sure causes issues with the attendance at this race.