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Roots & Ruts Off Road 5K

Roots & Ruts Off-Road 5K

We hope you will join us for the 3rd Annual Roots & Ruts Off-Road 5k here in Jupiter, FL, on Saturday, April 30, to benefit Els for Autism®! You won’t want to miss this special experience of autism acceptance where all abilities gather together at The Els Center of Excellence®.

The 3rd annual Roots & Ruts Off-Road 5K will feature a course through the North Jupiter Flatwoods Natural Area, a 160-acre natural area preserves comprised of mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, depression marsh, and dome swamp ecosystems. Since the run will take place in natural woodlands, participants should be cautious and aware at all times during the race. Racers should expect to encounter multiple ground surfaces throughout the race such as pavement, gravel, sand and grass.

To decrease congestion at the start line and throughout the racecourse, staggered start times, or “waves” based on average mile time will be implemented. Within each wave grouping, 5 participants will start every 20 seconds. Net timing will be recorded for each participant.

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Sensory-Friendly Obstacle Course

The Sensory-Friendly Obstacle Course is perfect for children, family, and non-competitive runners. This course will feature five obstacles that involve jumping, balancing, water, crawling, and more!


Virtual Roots & Ruts Off-Road 5K

Can’t make it to the race? Not a problem! Participate in the Virtual Roots & Ruts Off Road 5K! Once registered, your virtual run/walk can be completed from anywhere around the world. You will have the chance to submit your results for the Virtual Roots & Ruts Off Road 5K and will receive a finishers certificate after submitting your results. We invite all virtual participants to post pictures of themselves, friends, family, and colleagues completing their run or walk on social media! Don’t forget to use the tags: #ElsforAutism and #RootsandRutsOffRoad5K


All races supports the Els for Autism Foundation®. Your participation will help us continue to secure funding for the Sports, Medical and Research, and Adult Services Facilities at The Els Center of Excellence®.

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Additional Details

  • The first 200 registrants will be given the choice of a race t-shirt or hat during checkout.
  • Participants 14 and under are given a $10 discount, which will be applied at check-out.
  • Every runner will be provided with his/her own disposable timing tag which will be affixed to the race bib. Net timing will be recorded for each participant.
  • Strollers and pets are not allowed in the race.
  • Day-of registration and/or packet pickup is not permitted.


Packet Pick-up

Early packet pickup will be held in the Pavilion at The Els Center of Excellence on the following days:

    • Wednesday, April 27th at 8 AM – 5 PM
    • Thursday, April 28th at 8 AM – 5 PM
    • Friday, April 29th at 8 AM – 1 PM

Post-Race Expo

Join us at the Post-Race Expo from 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM for even more activities and entertainment. The Post-Race Expo will be held in the courtyard at The Els Center of Excellence, where there will be a variety of vendors, performances, activities, race awards, and more!

If you interested in becoming a vendor at the Post-Race Expo, please contact Olivia Butler at



Join the Couch to 5K Program!

Healthier Jupiter, in partnership with the Town of Jupiter’s Recreation Department, and Jupiter Medical Center’s Cary Grossman Health & Wellness Center, will be offering their 5th annual FREE 9-week Couch to 5K Training Program to help individuals gradually increase their physical activity levels enough to walk or run a 5K (3.1 miles). You will receive encouragement and training guidance from Jupiter Medical Center Wellness Center trainers and be supported by other participants along the way. This program is a great way to ease your way into a healthier lifestyle and get ready for that 5K you have always wanted to run! Visit to register and learn more information.


Roots & Ruts Event Day Schedule

6:30 AM: Parking Opens at The Els Center of Excellence

7:15 AM: Welcome Announcement and National Anthem

7:30 AM: Sensory-Friendly Obstacle Course Opens

7:30 AM: Post-Race Expo Begins

7:30 AM – 7:40 AM: Roots & Ruts Off-Road 5K Wave 1 (competitive racing and experienced trail runners; mile pace: 10 minutes or less)

8:00 AM – 8:10 AM: Roots & Ruts Off-Road 5K Wave 2 (intermediate racing/trail runners; mile pace: 10 to 15 minutes)

8:30 AM: Roots & Ruts Off-Road 5K Wave 3 (beginner trail runners and walkers; mile pace: 15+ minutes)

9:30 AM: Sensory-Friendly Obstacle Closes

11:00 AM: Post-Race Expo Concludes

Sponsorship Information

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

Email: or Phone: 561-320-9532

Download Sponsorship Brochure