Photos from runs 2010-2018  Click on photo thumbnails to see a larger image.

Click on any photo thumbnail to see a larger image.   

2019 Completed Runs.


March 3, 2019 - Sunday- New York, NY
CLIMB TO THE TOP 2018 - stair run up to the roof of Rockefeller Center 

http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/Benny-the-Jet

Pushing

Past

Autism

2019 UPCOMING RUNS !  Come run with Benny-the-Jet or consider making a donation to the charities! (Donate directly to the charities on their webpages.) 

Check back often for updates. We usually run more than a dozen each year, including the ones in the past event list (see bottom of this web page).  

How did Pushing Past Autism start? Our son, Benjamin, was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum and within a few years we had experienced many challenges in our personal lives and on our resources.  I felt the need to help others who have to deal with the same situation.  There were enough running and swimming charity events already, so I searched for an idea that would reach a wider group of participants and donors.  I figured everyone can do pushups.  So, on June 7, 2008, I rented the arena at Western Connecticut State University and held a pushup contest called "Pushing Past Autism" to raise money for The Dan Marino Foundation http://www.danmarinofoundation.org/portal/, The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism http://www.flutiefoundation.org/, and the Autism Society of Connecticut.  The donations we raised were far beyond our expectations thanks to the generosity of many people.    

Contact email:  

ropejumper@icloud.com

Please share your comments and questions with me.  Thanks.  

Larry Cruz 

Photos from runs in 2019.  Clickon photo thumbnails to see a larger image.

www.pushingpastautism.org

from Weston, CT 

Running for Good Causes Since 2010 with Ben.

My son, Benjamin Cruz, who is on the autism spectrum, supports various charitable causes by participating in their charity running events and bringing awareness to them.  Running has helped Ben's confidence and gives us a way to help others.  Please consider supporting these charities, running with us, and helping us spread some love. 


If you would like to add a weblink to a charity event or charity website please send a message with your suggestion.  My website is averaging several hundred visits per month.

      

Links and information related to the AUTISM SPECTRUM


Autism Speaks.  https://www.autismspeaks.org/  Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.


The Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital.  http://www.massgeneral.org/children/services/treatmentprograms.aspx?id=1614

The Lurie Center for Autism is an integrated and multidisciplinary clinical, research, training and advocacy program dedicated to treating individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disorders. 


2018 Completed Runs.


March 4, 2018 - Sunday- New York, NY
CLIMB TO THE TOP 2018 - stair run up to the roof of Rockefeller Center  http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Special/NYNGeneralEvents?team_id=536788&pg=team&fr_id=29191


April 7, 2018 - 10:30 am - Saturday - New York, NY
Fountain House One-In-Four 5K
http://www.fountainhouse.org/events/fountain-house-one-four-5k-2018

April 22, 2018 - 8 am - Sunday - New York, NY
9/11 Memorial 5K
https://www.911memorial.org/5k-runwalk-community-day


May 5, 2018 - 9 am - Saturday - Westport, CT
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K
https://komennewengland.org/fairfield-county-race-for-the-cure/

May 6, 2018 - 10 am - Sunday - Westport, CT
Star Inc. 5K Run
http://www.starct.org/

May 20, 2018 - 10:13 am - Sunday - New York, NY
17th Annual NYPD Memorial 5K Run
http://www.nypdrunningclub.com/event-818

May 27, 2018 - Sunday - Jamaica Estates, Queens, New York
L'Chaim 5K Run for Israel
https://www.yije.org/

June 23, 2018 - 8 am - Saturday - New York, NY Central Park
Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run (5 Mile)
http://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2018/front-runners-new-york-lgbt-pride-run-5m


August 5, 2018 - 8:30 am - Sunday - New York, NY
Sgt. Keith A. Ferguson 5K Run/Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
https://nycruns.com/races/?race=sgt-ferguson-5k


August 9, 2018 - 7:00 pm - Thursday - New York NY
NYC Fox Trot for Parkinson's Research - Michael J. Fox Foundation
https://foxtrot.michaeljfox.org/newyork/Static/Event-Info


September 9, 2018 - Sunday - Central Park, New York, NY
Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure
http://www.komennyc.org/site/TR/Race/RFTC?px=2476568&pg=personal&fr_id=1751


October 14, 2018 - Sunday- Fairfield, CT
CancerCare 5K for Hope
https://community.cancercare.org/BenjaminCruz


November 4, 2018 - Sunday - Ridgefield, CT
Cops & Robbers 5K for the Women's Center of Greater Danbury
https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Ridgefield/RPDCopsRobbers5k


November 10, 2018 - Saturday - New York, NY
Birch Family Services for Autism and Other Disabilities - 5K
https://give.birchfamilyservices.org/Benny-the-Jet-and-Dad





 Links and Information, Other Charities, Events and generous Friends who we support.  

Please check out their websites.


ALS Finding a Cure® Foundation 

http://alsfindingacure.org/  

The ALS Finding a Cure® Foundation's team of researchers is led by the Chief of the Neurology Department at Mass General.  ALS Finding a Cure® is a program of the Leandro P. Rizzuto Foundation.  It's sole mission is to fund ALS research to find a cure.  100% of donations go directly to funding ALS research. 


WOLF + FRIENDS

https://www.wolfandfriends.com/ A Modern Shopping + Lifestyle Platform Designed To Support Your Child's Unique Developmental Needs.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

https://www.michaeljfox.org/


The National Multiple Sclerosis Society

http://www.nationalmssociety.org/


An Overview of Multiple Sclerosis published on the VERYWELL website.

https://www.verywell.com/multiple-sclerosis-4014686


Mikey's Way Foundation

http://www.mikeysway.org/

The mission at  Mikey’s Way Foundation is to enrich the lives of children suffering from cancer and other life threatening illnesses.


The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, founded by Paul Newman.
Details and registration information :  http://getinvolved.holeinthewallgang.org/ 

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families, free of charge.

  

American Parkinson Disease Association - Connecticut Chapter

http://www.ctapda.org/


Sgt. Keith Ferguson 5K Across the Brooklyn Bridge

http://www.keithsrace.org/  The Sgt. Keith Ferguson 5K Across the Brooklyn Bridge is held annually the first Sunday of August to celebrate a life lived well. Organized by his family and friends, this race has grown by the hundreds each year since its founding in 2005. Proceeds go to the Sgt. Keith Ferguson  Fund for education.


National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

http://www.ovarian.org/index.php

​April 6, 2019 - Saturday - New York, NY 

Fountain House One-in-Four 5K

https://give.fountainhouse.org/event/fountain-house-one-in-four-5k/e220185


April 28, 2019 - Sunday - New York, NY 

9/11 Memorial 5K

https://www.911memorial.org/5k-runwalk-community-day


May 5, 2019 - Sunday - Wilton, CT

Circle of Care 5K

https://thecircleofcare.org/events/5k.html


May 19, 2019 - Sunday- 10:13am - New York, NY

NYPD Memorial 5K Run

http://nypdmemorialrun.com/


May 26, 2019 - Sunday - Queens, NY

L'Chaim 5K Run for Israel

https://www.yije.org/about-lchaim-5k-runwalk.html


June 2, 2019 - Sunday - New York, NY

Italy Run by Nutella Café(5 miles)in support of Friends of San Patrignano, celebrating Festa della Repubblica in Central Park

https://www.nyrr.org/races/italyrunbynutellacafe5m


June 29, 2019 - Saturday - New York, NY

Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run (5 miles)

https://frnypriderun.org/


August 8, 2019 - Thursday- New York, NY

NY Fox Trot 5K for Parkinson's Research- Michael J. Fox Foundation

https://foxtrot.michaeljfox.org/newyork/Team/View/98974/Benny-the-Jet-and-Dad


September 15, 2019 - Sunday - New York NY

Autism Speaks Walk - NYC

We're on the team The Brooklyn J Walkers  !

http://act.autismspeaks.org/site/TR/Walk/NewYorkMetro?team_id=93456&pg=team&fr_id=4411


September ___, 2019 - New York, NY

Susan G. Komen - Race for the Cure 5K


September 29, 2019 - Sunday - Brooklyn-Manhattan, NY

Tunnel to Towers 5K - New York City