Photos from runs 2010-2018 Click on photo thumbnails to see a larger image.
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Photos from runs in 2019. Clickon photo thumbnails to see a larger image.
2020 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.
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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.
April 4, 2020 - Saturday - New York City
Fountain House One-in-Four 5K
April 26, 2020 - Sunday - New York City
9/11 Memorial & Museum 5K
Check back soon - I am currently creating the calendar for 2020 - will be posting more very soon.
2019 Completed Runs.
March 3, 2019 - Sunday- New York, NY
CLIMB TO THE TOP 2018 - stair run up to the roof of Rockefeller Center
April 6, 2019 - Saturday - New York, NY
Fountain House One-in-Four 5K
April 28, 2019 - Sunday - New York, NY
9/11 Memorial 5K
Two races in one morning!
May 5, 2019 - Sunday - Wilton, CT
Circle of Care 5K
May 5, 2019- Sunday
Star Inc. 5K
May 19, 2019 - Sunday- 10:13 am - New York, NY
NYPD Memorial 5K Run
May 26, 2019 - Sunday - Queens, NY
L'Chaim 5K Run for Israel
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
June 29, 2019 - Saturday - New York, NY
Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run (5 miles)
August 8, 2019 - Thursday- New York, NY
NY Fox Trot 5K for Parkinson's Research- Michael J. Fox Foundation
September 8, 2019 - New York, NY
Susan G. Komen - Race for the Cure 5K
September 15, 2019 - Sunday - New York NY
Autism Speaks Walk - NYC
We're on the team The Brooklyn J Walkers !
October 27, 2019 - Sunday - New York City
7th Annual Birch Family Services 5K Run
Links and Information, Other Charities, Events and generous Friends who we support.
Please check out their websites.
ALS Finding a Cure® Foundation
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.
Fountain House successfully addresses the devastating impact of serious mental illness. We were founded in New York City in 1948 with the belief that people living with mental illness can be active participants in their own and each other’s recovery. Each year, over 1,600 members come to Fountain House to contribute their talents, learn new skills, access opportunities and forge new friendships.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society
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
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
WOLF + FRIENDS
http://www.wolfandfriends.com/ A Modern Shopping + Lifestyle Platform Designed To Support Your Child's Unique Developmental Needs.
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
April 22, 2018 - 8 am - Sunday - New York, NY
9/11 Memorial 5K
May 5, 2018 - 9 am - Saturday - Westport, CT
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K
May 6, 2018 - 10 am - Sunday - Westport, CT
Star Inc. 5K Run
May 20, 2018 - 10:13 am - Sunday - New York, NY
17th Annual NYPD Memorial 5K Run
May 27, 2018 - Sunday - Jamaica Estates, Queens, New York
L'Chaim 5K Run for Israel
June 23, 2018 - 8 am - Saturday - New York, NY Central Park
Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run (5 Mile)
August 5, 2018 - 8:30 am - Sunday - New York, NY
Sgt. Keith A. Ferguson 5K Run/Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
August 9, 2018 - 7:00 pm - Thursday - New York NY
NYC Fox Trot for Parkinson's Research - Michael J. Fox Foundation
September 9, 2018 - Sunday - Central Park, New York, NY
Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure
October 14, 2018 - Sunday- Fairfield, CT
CancerCare 5K for Hope
November 4, 2018 - Sunday - Ridgefield, CT
Cops & Robbers 5K for the Women's Center of Greater Danbury
November 10, 2018 - Saturday - New York, NY
Birch Family Services for Autism and Other Disabilities - 5K