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Roots & Ruts Off Road 5K

Roots & Ruts Off-Road 5K Run/Walk

Save the Date – Saturday, March 25, 2023

The 4th 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 preserves comprised of mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, depression marsh, and dome swamp ecosystems. 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 was perfect for children, families, and non-competitive runners. This course will feature obstacles that involve jumping, balancing, water, crawling, and more.

All proceeds benefit 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®.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the 2023 Race Expo, contact Olivia Butler at

Join the Couch to 5K Program!

In partnership with the Town of Jupiter’s Recreation Department and Jupiter Medical Center’s Cary Grossman Health & Wellness Center, Healthier Jupiter will be offering their annual FREE 9-week Couch to 5K Training Program. This program helps individuals gradually increase their physical activity levels enough to walk or run a 5K (3.1 miles). You will receive encouragement from other participants along the way and training guidance from Jupiter Medical Center Wellness Center trainers. 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.

Sponsorship Information

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

Email: or Phone: 561-598-6199

Download Sponsorship Brochure