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Join us for a Virtual Ride & Stride! June 6-20, 2020

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HOW WE STARTED

The Ride for Autism was founded in 2001 by Andy Abere, a father of then a young son with autism, Spencer.  An avid cyclist, Andy was hoping to channel his passion for cycling into a way to raise funds for Autism New Jersey, an organization that provided support for his family.  He wanted not just a Ride, but a way to spread awareness and provide an opportunity for individuals with autism and their families to engage in recreation and socialization.

The first Ride raised $24,000. 

At the time the rate of autism was 1 in 150.

WHERE WE ARE NOW

The essential elements that made the Ride a success from the beginning continue today. We're proud that the Ride remains one of the region's most respected cycling events.

To commemorate the Ride’s 20th Anniversary, on June 6-20, 2020, we are hosting our first annual Ride & Stride for Autism. To increase our impact to raise funds and awareness for autism, we are welcoming the running/walking community. 

With the help of our friends at g4 Productions, an event-planning company with decades of experience in producing the highest level of cycling events and 5Ks, the Ride & Stride will offer a great day for all levels of participants from beginners to intermediate, as well as:
 

     
 
All are welcome at our Ride & Stride,
especially families of children and young adults with autism. 

 
Today, the rate of autism is 1 in 32 in New Jersey and Andy’s son, Spencer, was recently placed in a residential group home. He will continue to need support throughout his lifespan. There are tens of thousands more children and adults who need help accessing and navigating services.

Since its inception, the Ride has raised more than $880,000 for Autism New Jersey. Our services are needed now more than ever.

 
Your support means everything! 
Thanks for getting involved and riding & striding with us for autism!