Links and information related to the AUTISM SPECTRUM

Autism Speaks.  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.

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 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.

Check back often for updates about runs we will participate in.  We usually run more than a dozen each year, including the ones in the 2017 event list (see bottom of this web page).  


March 5, 2017 - Sunday - New York, NY
CLIMB TO THE TOP 2017 - stair run up to the roof of Rockefeller Center - National Multiple Sclerosis Society
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April 1, 2017 - Saturday - Easton, CT
18th Annual April Fool's 5K Race for DARE - Town of Easton Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)

April 23, 2017 - Sunday - New York, NY
9/11 Memorial 5K

May 6, 2017 - Saturday - Westport, CT
2017 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®

May 21, 2017 - Sunday - New York, NY
16th Annual NYPD Memorial 5k Run

May 27, 2017 - Saturday - Weston, CT
Weston Memorial Day 5K

June 3, 2017 - Saturday - Redding, CT
Miles 4 Smiles 5K - Mikey's Way Foundation

June 4, 2017 - Sunday - Westport, CT
8th Annual Push Against Cancer (a push-up event - not a run)

June 18, 2017 - Sunday - Jamaica Estates, Queens, NY
L'Chaim 5K Run/Walk for Israel

July 16, 2017 - Sunday - New York, NY
5K to Fight Histio 

August 6, 2017 - Sunday - New York, NY
NYPD Running Club Sergeant Keith Ferguson 5K Across The Brooklyn Bridge

August 10, 2017 - Thursday (evening) - New York, NY
Michael J Fox Foundation NYC Fox Trot for Parkinson's Research

September 10, 2017 - Sunday - Fairfield, CT

The Kennedy Center for Autism - SpecRun 2017

September 24, 2017- Sunday- Westport, CT
The 5K Run Till Valhalla - Westport Police Benevolent Assoc and Catch A Lift Fund

October 8, 2017 - Sunday - Wilton, CT
Circle of Care 5K

October 15, 2017 - Sunday - Fairfield, CT
CancerCare 5K Run for Hope

October 21, 2017 - Saturday - Westport, CT
American Parkinson Disease Association - Optimism Walk

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Please share your comments and questions with me.  Thanks.  

Larry Cruz 

Photos from runs 2010-2017 Click on photo thumbnails to see a larger image.

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

2018 Completed Runs.

March 4, 2018 - Sunday- New York, NY
CLIMB TO THE TOP 2018 - stair run up to the roof of Rockefeller Center - National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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 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. 

WOLF + FRIENDS A Modern Shopping + Lifestyle Platform Designed To Support Your Child's Unique Developmental Needs.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society

An Overview of Multiple Sclerosis published on the VERYWELL website.

Mikey's Way Foundation

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 : 

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

Sgt. Keith Ferguson 5K Across the Brooklyn Bridge  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.

April 22, 2018 - Sunday - New York, NY
9/11 Memorial 5K




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, The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, and the Autism Society of Connecticut.  The donations we raised were far beyond our expectations thanks to the generosity of many people.

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.