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Our next signature events for 2021:

To keep our community safe during the Covid-19 Pandemic Pause, we modified our traditional, in-person 5K race/walk to a virtual walk/run that took place over 54 days. The virtual event was a huge success. This year, we’re pleased to announce we’re repeating the virtual event as well as bringing back the in-person race/walk.

We’re counting down the days


to Duck Dash/Family Duck Waddle


 left to run or walk 54 miles for the Virtual Hero Walk/Run

In-person 5K Duck Dash/Family Duck Waddle
Mohawk Harbor, Schenectady, New York

October 3, 2021

In this traditional race/walk, compete against some of the best distance runners in New York State, or go for a personal best. Or bring family and friends out for a leisurely walk in a beautiful setting! Sign up as a solo act, form your own team, or join an existing team.

You’ll be racing (or strolling) against the backdrop of the Mohawk River in downtown Schenectady. Afterwards, attend the awards ceremony with our celebrity emcee and DJ, try your luck at a raffle, browse vendor kiosks for support services and products, or enjoy the many great restaurants, brew pubs, and shops nearby  – or head out to Rivers Casino for the afternoon!

Registration: $30 for Duck Dash, $0 for Family Duck Waddle

Virtual Hero Walk & Run: 54-Day Challenge Online

August 9-October 1, 2021

When we couldn’t bring the community together for our annual race/walk in 2020, we innovated a virtual walk that allowed participants to join in from anywhere, and walk or run on their own schedule. Participants logged their daily miles over 54 days. We challenged them to complete 54 miles over the period.

The result? They loved the convenience and flexibility. We loved the creative the challenges they set for themselves. Some completed the bulk of the miles in a few days. Some stayed indoors on rainy days, and logged their miles in their living rooms!

Registration: $30

You can order event capes and gear to pick up at the Duck Dash/Family Duck Waddle, or have them sent to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click the “Donate” button on the ASGCR home page (      

That brings you to our ZippyReg main page:

  • If you’d like to donate to a specific individual or team, scroll down the page to see the top fundraisers; click on any that have links to go to that person’s or team’s page and donate directly to them.

  • Or just click on the “Donate” button on the main ZippyReg page. You’ll see buttons to donate to the event, a specific team, or an individual.

Click on the “Participate” button on the ASGCR home page
That brings you to our ZippyReg main page:

  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and choose “Individual,” “Join a Team,” or “Create a Team.” To select an existing team, scroll down the menu that appears until you see the name of the team. If you are creating a new team, choose a password that your team members will share
  • Choose your event (virtual 54-day challenge, 5K In-Person Race, or Family Duck Waddle)
  • Click the dark blue button (“Choose Your Desired Event Above; Once done, click here”)
  • Fill in your information on the form
  • Click on the blue button (“Please Click Here to Continue”)
  • When you receive your registration email, save it Click on “Your Personal Confirmation Page” and Bookmark or Favorite the url – this is essential to log your distance.

Refer to the email you received when you registered. Click on “Your Personal Confirmation Page” – and be sure to Bookmark or Favorite it! You’ll be logging your daily distance here.
You can record your miles or kilometers as frequently as you like: on a daily basis, once per week, even less often:

  • Click on “+Add Activity” (or click on “Submit an Activity” on the left-hand side of the page)
  • Select your activity type from the pulldown menu
  • Enter your time in hours, minutes, and seconds (note that all of these fields must be filled out)
  • Enter your distance and specify kilometers (“KM”), miles (“MI”), or yards (“YD”)
  • Choose the appropriate date (you can type in the date or click on the small calendar icon and select the date) and enter the time
  • Click “Save Results”

You can also log your distance by clicking on “Submit an Activity” on the left-hand side of the page 

If you’d like to volunteer for the in-person Duck Dash and Family Duck Waddle on October 3, please click here

We’re looking for course marshals to direct participants, as well as general helpers to assist with setup, registration, parking, and so forth:  

7:30-10:15 a.m.             5K general helpers

8:00-10:00 a.m.            5K course marshals

10:00-12:30                  Family Duck Waddle course marshals

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.     Family Duck Waddle general helpers

On this page, click on “Sponsor” to be directed to the order form for corporate sponsorship.

To learn more about the options, download our sponsorship-information sheet.

To donate an in-kind service or product, please use this form.

To become a vendor at the in-person event on October 3, please use this application.

No matter what type of support you provide, we thank you for your participation and for caring about the autism community!

Our 2021 Heroes

Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

Hero Champions

Why we do what we do

So many lives are touched by autism – from a preschooler struggling to express herself, to parents helping an adult child find employment and live on their own. The ASGCR is a strong, involved community of autistic individuals, their families and caregivers, and dedicated service providers throughout the state. Your generous help is crucial to their support, and we encourage you to give in any way you can – sponsor or sign up for an event, donate funds, or volunteer your time. No contribution is too small.

Natalie Hsu

President, Board of Directors

Janine Kruiswijk

Executive Director

About the ASGCR

The Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region (ASGCR) serves individuals and families in 14 New York State counties as the local voice and resource for the Greater Capital Region autism community. Through successful fundraising events and the generosity of our partners and supporters, we’ve been able to support the work we do on behalf of the autism community.

The funds we raise here stay here!

Mission statement

Our mission is to promote lifelong access and opportunities for people on the autism spectrum and their families so they can be fully participating, included members of their communities. We do this through advocacy, public awareness, education and compassionate support.

Support during the COVID-19 Crisis

Information & referral, advocacy, individual support, COVID-19 and emergency support

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