About the Event

Event Day Details!

* 5K Course is HERE

* Event will be in the concourse area (by grandstand), the rock and surrounding streets inside the fairgrounds – All attendees should enter through Gate 2 only,
Walkers please wait until after 9am to Register and/or Pick up Event Bags.

* Pre-event day bag pick up options and pre-event registration days:

– Second Sole, Boardman – June 2nd – 3-6pm

– Canfield Fairgrounds, Building 22 – June 3rd – 2-4pm

* Bring cash for FOOD Concessions and other carnival fun!

* Donate or Buy YOUR Choice! Raffle Tickets at the event.

Mahoning Valley Warrior 2022 is hosted by the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley to raise funds for its programs and services. 

We believe that there are two types of WARRIORS:

  1. Athletes who strive to better themselves like ancient warriors, and
  2. Parents of those with autism fight like warriors to achieve better care, education and opportunities for their children.

This event consists of opportunities to prove your athletic prowess AND it is also the opportunity for the autism community to come together for a morning of fun, education and community support. While the athletes are competing, we play host to the annual Autism Family Support Walk, fun family activities and the region’s largest Special Needs Resource Fair.

Who should attend autism warrior?

  • Super athletes who want the title of MV WARRIOR 2022;
  • 5K Runners & Walkers;
  • Strength-driven athletes;
  • Groups of athletes, coworkers, friends or individuals who want to win the People-Powered Tractor Pull;
  • Families affected by autism and their service providers to share information; and
  • Anyone who cares about autism families and wants to show their support. 

Autism Warrior Pricing & Event Times:
Online registration and donations close: Sunday, May 29th at noon
May 16th midnight shirt guarantee closes.
Volunteers Needed! We will have volunteer sign ups soon. If interested, email us at walk@autismmv.org.
View our 2019 Autism Warrior Photo Albums!


Event Day:

  • 7am – Volunteers Arrive
  • 8am-Noon Registration, Donations and Event bag pickup
  • 8:30am-12:30pm – Special Needs Resource Fair
  • 8:30am-12:30pm – Carnival and Kids Entertainment
  • 9am-1:30pm – Events, see below.

We will have Fun Family Entertainment at the Autism Warrior event on June 4th at the Canfield Fairgrounds! DJ, Kids Entertainment, Food Trucks and more! Details coming soon!

Buy Tickets for YOUR Choice! Raffle

5K – 9am-10am

Valley Autism 5K with shirt- $25
(chip timed by Second Sole)
5K awards ceremony (medals will be top male and female in each age group, male and female overall, go to event details page for age groups) – approx. 10:15am.
If you would like to mail a check instead of registering online for the 5K or Walk please click here for downloadable form (must be mailed by May 21st otherwise use online registration).
Click HERE for event details.

Kids’ Fun Run – 10:30am

Join us for a fun 400 yard dash through the Canfield Fairgrounds! All pre-registered kid participants will receive a participation medal.
Kids Fun Run – up to age 12 – $10
Kids Fun Run with event shirt – $25
Kids Fun Run (diagnosed on the autism spectrum) – up to age 17 – $0
Kids Fun Run (diagnosed on the autism spectrum) with event shirt – $15
Click HERE for event details.


Walk – 10:45am
Create a Family or Business Team! Great prizes for Top Teams!
Autism Support Walk – $10
Autism Support Walk with t-shirt – $25
Autism Support Walk (diagnosed on the autism spectrum) – $0 
Autism Support Walk with t-shirt (diagnosed on the autism spectrum) – $10
If you would like to mail a check instead of registering online for the 5K or Walk please click here for downloadable form.
Click HERE for event details.

Create a Family or Business Team! Great prizes for Top Teams!

  • $250 Level – 3 Your Choice Raffle Tickets + $25 Gift Card (TBD) (plus 2021 Warrior Tumbler – while they last)
  • $500 Level – 5 Your Choice Raffle Tickets + $50 Gift Card (TBD) (plus 2021 Warrior Tote Bag – while they last)
  • $1,000 Level – 10 Your Choice Raffle Tickets + $50 Gift Card (TBD) (plus 2021 Warrior Tumbler & Tote Bage – while they last)
  • $1,500 Level – VIP Tent for Your Family – Your own personal 10 x 10 tent with your child’s (any age) favorite snacks and drinks, fidget toy and more! Plus 5 Your Choice Raffle Tickets + $50 Gift Card (TBD)
  • Top Fundraising Team Prize (TBD)
  • Best Team Shirts Prize (TBD)

Click HERE for Walk event details.


11:15-11:30am (approx) – Sandbag Carry and Sled Drag
$25.00
Performance shirt guarantee deadline if register before 5/16/2022 at midnight. Details: Sandbag Carry and Sled Drag – Carry sandbag 50ft then drag the sled back 50ft. Score is the amount of time that it takes to complete the event. 
Click HERE for event details.


11:15-11:30am (approx) –  Farmer Carry 
$25.00
Performance shirt guarantee deadline if register before 5/16/2022 at midnight. 

Details: Farmer Carry- Carry the farmer handles 50ft down and back. Score is the amount of time that it takes to complete the event. 
Click HERE for event details.

 

Mahoning Valley Warrior Competition – 9:00am-Noon (approx)
With Support From: BSS Fitness
Mahoning Valley Warrior Competition – $85
Click HERE to Register.


Are you Tough Enough! Challenge yourself by being in 4 Events and Compete to be the Mahoning Valley Warrior! One Male and One Female will be selected.

Top Male and Top Female will each win a $250 Cash Prize and a Custom Warrior Championship Belt.  Warrior medals given to 2nd and 3rd place Male and Female participants overall.  Other prizes may be available.

Warrior Competition will be judged on a point system to give all athletes an equal chance at winning. So, if you’re a fast runner and fast at the Farmers Carry, but not as fast at the Sandbag/Sled and People-Powered Tractor Pull you’ll get points there versus being stronger in the other two events. 

*** Looking to register for the Sanctioned United State Strongman Competition Throwdown in the Rustbelt? Go to their official registration site.  This event will be at our event with all proceeds being donated to the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley too. Click HERE to view their competition events and to register.

Warrior Competition Schedule:
3rd and 4th Events may run until closer to noon, will depend on number of participants.

1st Event – 9am – 5K Run
2nd Event – 11-11:15am –  Individual People-Powered Tractor Pull – You will be pulling by yourself an 1,800 pound Ford 1300 Tractor on a slightly elevated, paved course of 100 feet.
3rd Event – 11:15-11:30am – Strongman Event #1– Sandbag Carry and Sled Drag
Details: Sandbag Carry and Sled Drag – Carry sandbag 50ft then drag the sled back 50ft. Score is the amount of time that it takes to complete the event. 
4th Event – 11:15-11:30am – Strongman Event #2 – Farmer Carry 
Details: Farmer Carry- Carry the farmer handles 50ft down and back. Score is the amount of time that it takes to complete the event. 

Registration Cost is $85 and includes event performance shirt if registered by May 16, 2022 at midnight.

People-Powered Tractor Pull – starts at 11am (expected to end by 11:30am or Noon, will be determined by number of teams that register)

$100 per team (includes 8 event shirts)
With Support From: Angiuli’s Farm
In this competition, teams of eight (8) people will pull a full-size farm tractor (in neutral with its engine off) over a distance of 100 feet on a level, paved course. Teams can consist of area schools, businesses, and civic organizations. The team with the lowest elapsed time wins bragging rights and, for each winning team member an Autism Warrior medal!
Click HERE for event details.

 Volunteers needed for Autism Warrior event on June 4th at the Canfield Fairgrounds.

Volunteers that sign up before 5/16/2022 at midnight will receive a Volunteer shirt while they last.
Please email us at info@autismmv.org. Volunteers are expected to volunteer for entire shift unless other arrangements have been made.  It takes many great volunteers to have this event organized well for a successful event.

 The Mahoning Valley chapter of the Autism Society of America was founded by local families in 1989 to support families in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for families living with an ASD diagnosis, and to bring about community change and opportunities for individuals working through life with this disability. We are dedicated to accomplishing this through information and referral, family support, advocacy, professional development, raising awareness and resource development.

 From the newly diagnosed child to the school aged children to the severely disabled autistic adult. These are ALL Autism Society families, and THEY NEED OUR HELP!

Can YOU help us support your community, your friends, your neighbors, your loved ones? Start TODAY!

When you walk, run or donate, you become part of this dedicated, local effort to ADVOCATE, EDUCATE, SUPPORT and provide needed PROGRAMS that create a better quality of life for individuals with autism.

Learn more at AutismMV.org