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Roots & Ruts Off-Road 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, April 20, 2024

The 5th annual Roots & Ruts Off-Road 5K benefiting Els for Autism®, features a course through the North Jupiter Flatwoods Natural Area, a 160-acre natural area preserve. Racers will encounter multiple ground surfaces throughout the race, such as pavement, gravel, sand, grass, as well as roots and ruts, so we encourage each runner/walker to be cautious and aware of their path during the race. The Sensory-Friendly Obstacle Course is perfect for children, families, and non-competitive runners. This course will feature obstacles that involve jumping, balancing, crawling, and more.

Join us at the Post-Race Expo, where we will have vendor booths consisting of micro-businesses with products created by individuals with autism, race sponsors, and autism employment partners. The Expo will also have performances, activities, race awards, and more, a morning you won’t want to miss!

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the 2024 Race Expo, contact Olivia Butler at

Sign up today for a journey that goes beyond just a run!

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Foundation relies on generous sponsors to make these events possible! To find out more information about sponsorships, contact Olivia Butler or download the Sponsorship Brochure.

Email: or Phone: 561-320-9484

All proceeds benefit the Els for Autism Foundation. Your participation will help us continue to secure funding for the Recreation Complex, Medical and Research Facility, and The Stoops Family Foundation Adult Services building at The Els Center of Excellence campus.