Ancilla logoAncilla College will host the 1st APAC 5K run/walk and 1K walk on the campus of The Center at Donaldson on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 10:00am. This event will raise scholarship funds for students in the Autism Program at Ancilla College (APAC) program.

APAC is a fee-based, college level program designed to assist students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder build academic, independent, social and workplace skills and knowledge. APAC is a program for students who may struggle with communication and social interactions in an educational environment, but are also academically capable of pursuing a college level education.

Ancilla Freshman Abbigail Griffin of Elkhart, previously directed the Jimtown DECA’s “Be Their Strength MDA Run”, and wanted to initiate a 5K run to raise awareness of autism. Development & Alumni Relations Manager Emily Hutsell, says “The race will be a great fit for our campus and we are excited that Abbi wants to use her leadership skills for such a great cause.” The event coincides with other activities happening at Ancilla College that promote autism awareness during the month of April, such as the Light it up Blue event held each year on April 2.

Included in the events of the day will be a sensory space for families to get away from the excitement of the race and activities outside. The room will be hosted in a classroom with low lighting and calming experiences to allow for a break from the action.

The chip timed event is a 5K run/walk and 1K walk on the campus of Ancilla College, 9601 Union Rd, Donaldson, IN 46513. Everyone who registers gets a free t-shirt. Early bird fees are $15 for the timed 5k and $10 for the 1k. Early bird registration ends February 28, 2021 and COVID-19 protocols will be in place for the event.

When asked about the event APAC director Clare Czolgosz exclaimed that “It is a great opportunity for our students in the APAC program to put some of the skills we have been working on to use. They will help with creating trophies, setting up, and running the event.” Czolgosz is excited that the event’s proceeds will create a scholarship for a lucky individual in the APAC program so they can benefit from the social and life skill tools and support that the program provides.