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Roots & Ruts Off-Road 5K

Roots & Ruts Off-Road 5K Run/Walk

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 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, water, 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 2023 Race Expo, contact Olivia Butler at

Signup today for the Roots & Ruts Off-Road 5K!

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.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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 Here

The Autism Innovations and Global Impact Conference: RE-creating RECREATION as a Supplemental Intervention for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder 

The RE-creating RECREATION Conference will convene prior to the Roots & Ruts Off-Road 5K on March 23 & 24 at The Els Center of Excellence. The conference will focus on demonstrating how RECREATION can be used as a platform for other therapeutic interventions. Leaders in recreation programs and services, dedicated to improving the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum, will be featured. The conference will provide tools and best practices for organizations, providers, and practitioners interested in initiating or expanding recreation services to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders. All conference participants will receive a discounted registration for the Roots & Ruts Off-Road 5K Run/Walk.