The Wobble & Gobble Autism Awareness 5k is an annual, inclusive, community run/walk hosted by The Junior Wednesday Club. This year's event is Saturday, November 9, 2019.


The race is being held this year at a new location! This year's race will start and finish at The Danville Science Center which is located at 677 Craghead Street, Danville, VA 24541. 

Registration Options

1k Fun Run (Timed)

Run and/or walk our flat 1k course. Open to kids age 12 and under, or anyone who is unable to run/walk in another event. Registration fee includes timing bib, water and snack after the race. Option to purchase t-shirt. Starts at 9am. Line up at 8:55am. 


5k Run (Timed)

Run and/or walk our flat and fast 5k course to compete for prizes by gender and category.  Registration fee includes bib with timing chip, commemorative t-shirt, and goody bag. The finish line offers water and food to replenish you after the race. Starts at 9:30am. Line up at 9:15am.


5k Walk (Timed)

Take a brisk walk on our flat and fast 5k course. Walkers who jog or run will be disqualified. Registration fee includes timing bib/chip, t-shirt, goody bag, water and snack after the race. Starts at 9:30am. Line up at 9:15am. 


Walk for the Cause (Untimed)

Enjoy a leisurely walk on our flat 1k or 5k course. Registration fee includes, t-shirt, goody bag, water and snack after the walk (no bib is needed). Starts at 10:00am. 


Frequently Asked Questions

When is packet pick up?

If you registered as an individual, you may pick up your packet before race day. Early packet pickup will be Thursday, November 7th in the lobby of the Danville Science Center from 4pm-6pm. 


What time should I arrive? What time does everything start?

If you are pre-registered, we suggest arriving between 8:45am and 9:15am on the day of the event. If you are not yet registered, we suggest arriving between 8am and 8:30am to register on the day of the event.

  • 8:00am until 9:30am: Event Day Registration and Event Day Packet Pickup Begin. Shuttle begins running from River Park Drive to Anglers Park.

  • 8:45am: Registration for the Kid’s 1k Fun Run ends. Line up begins.

  • 9:00am: Kid’s 1k Fun Run starts. 

  • 9:15am: Line up begins for the 5k Run and 5k Walk.

  • 9:15am: Awards Ceremony for the Kid’s 1k Fun Run

  • 9:30am: 5k Run and Walk starts, Walk for the Cause line up

  • 10:00am: Untimed Walk for the Cause begins

  • 9:00am until 11:30am: Children’s Activities and Entertainment

  • 10:30am until 11:30am: Awards Ceremony for the 5k Run and 5k Competitive Walk

  • 11:30pm: Last shuttle leaves Anglers Park to return to River Park Drive


Are there awards?

Individuals registered for the untimed Walk for the Cause do not receive bibs or awards because the Walk for the Cause is not timed.

Participants in the 5k Run, the 5k Competitive Walk, and the Kid’s 1k Fun Run will be eligible for awards based on finishing the course. Awards include:

  • Awards to the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers in the 5k Run

  • Awards to the the top 3 finishers in each age group in the 5k Run

  • Awards to the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers in the 5k Competitive Walk

  • Awards to the top 3 5k Competitive Walk finishers in each age group

  • Awards to the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers in the Kid’s 1k Fun Run

  • Participant ribbons to all finishers in the Kid’s 1k Fun Run


Where is the event, and how do I get there? 

The event will be held at The Danville Science Center located at 677 Craghead Street, Danville, VA 24541. 


What are the parking accommodations? 

There will be parking in the vicinity of the race and within short walking distance. We will also have overflow parking on River Park Drive, with shuttle service from there down to Anglers Park. We strongly urge you to consider carpooling, and to arrive early (between 8am and 9am) to find a good parking spot. The shuttle service will run continuously between 8am and 11:30pm. 


How early should I arrive on event day?

This is a large race. We are expecting 600 to 1,000 runners, walkers and volunteers. Plan ahead to arrive early in order to get your packet and a good parking spot. If your child is participating in the Kid’s 1-Mile Fun Run, please arrive by 8:30am. If you are participating in the 5k Run/Walk or the untimed Walk for the Cause, please arrive by 9:00am.


Can I run or walk with a stroller or baby jogger? 

YES. Baby joggers are allowed, but we ask that you start your race at the back of the pack.


Can I run or walk with my dog? 

NO. Dogs are not allowed on the course, and dogs cannot run or walk with you.  Please keep in mind that we expect many children to attend our event. If an individual requires a service dog, please contact the Race Director. 


Can I reserve a shirt in a certain size? 

If you register early, yes, we will have your t-shirt in the size you selected. If you waited to register closer to race day, we cannot predict the size you'll need. We make every effort to order enough shirts, and enough shirts in each quantity. 


Can I get a refund if I register but then I don’t run or walk?

No. We plan the race based on the number of registered participants, so once you have registered we cannot offer you a refund. If, however, you register and do not run or walk, you may still pick up your race packet and shirt and join us in the fun.


Can I run or walk with headphones or ear buds?

Yes, you can. We do not restrict the use of headphones or ear buds.


What will the weather be like?

Good question! The weather in southern Virginia is variable, but you knew that! The average temperature for early November ranges from 37 to 56 degrees. The race will take place come rain or shine! In the event of severe thunderstorms or other extreme weather, an announcement will be posted on social media and shared by email.


Will there be bag-check facility?

There is no bag check. Please plan accordingly.


Will there be a water stop?

Yes, a water stop will be provided at the turnaround point on the 5k course and at the start/finish line. 


Will there be restrooms?

Yes, Anglers Park offers an indoor restroom facility. Porta potties will also be available at the start/finish line.


Can I take a shower after the race? 

Yes, but it will have to be at home as there are no facilities available at the race!


Can I view the course before the race? 

You are welcome to arrive early to walk or jog the course. The course map will be posted here soon.


Where are the best locations for spectators? 

You can wait at the start/finish line to cheer on participants.


How is the race timed?

Participants in the Walk for the Cause will not be timed. Participants in the 5k Run, 5k Competitive Walk, and Kid’s 1k Fun Run will be timed. As participants cross finish line, the finishing time will be recorded by the professional race timer hired for this event. Awards for the top finishers will be presented after the race. All timed results will be available on this website within a week after the race.


Can I volunteer at this event?

Yes, we need volunteers to serve as course monitors and other race day logistics. Contact Andrea Emerson, Race Director, at info@wobblegobbleautism5k.com


Who hosts this event?

From 2012-2017, the Dan River Autism Awareness Autism 5k was led by its founding Race Director with a planning committee of parents, educators, autism professionals from the Center for Pediatric Therapies and volunteers from Danville Running Club. In 2018, the Junior Wednesday Club adopted the event as its annual fall project. Moving the event from April to the November led to the renaming of the event to the Wobble & Gobble Autism Awareness 5k. 


Still have questions? Please contact Andrea Emerson, Race Director, at info@wobblegobbleautism5k.com

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