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Adaptive Running

Are you an autistic runner looking to join a team?

Our Adaptive Running initiative is dedicated to empowering and elevating autistic runners. At the Flutie Foundation, we are passionate about finding ways to fuel the running passions and goals of people with autism. Our commitment to adaptive running is demonstrated by our role as the Presenting Sponsor of the Adaptive Program for Runners at the Boston Marathon, as well as our partnerships with autistic ambassador runners from STARS of the Spectrum. Through these initiatives, we aim to create opportunities for people with autism to pursue their running aspirations, achieve their goals, and make a positive impact in their communities.

To learn more, contact us to be part of our Adaptive Running Program.

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Presenting Sponsor of the Boston Marathon’s Adaptive Program for Runners 

The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism is honored to be the Presenting Sponsorship of the Boston Marathon’s Adaptive Program for Runners. The Flutie Foundation and the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) are both committed to ensuring that people with eligible developmental, intellectual, and physical impairments, including autism, have opportunities and support to participate in prestigious athletic events such as the Boston Marathon.

Adaptive Running team

The B.A.A.’s Adaptive Program for Runners ensures that the Boston Marathon is inclusive in its efforts to welcome and accommodate athletes of a variety of abilities. As the presenting sponsor of the Adaptive Program, the Flutie Foundation will help provide financial, human, and creative resources that will enhance inclusive and equal participation opportunities. Together, the Flutie Foundation and the B.A.A. look forward to providing a best-in-class experience for the athletes of the Adaptive Program for runners.

To apply, visit the B.A.A.’s Adaptive Program for Runners or contact Ethan Michaud at for assistance with application.

STARS of the Spectrum Adaptive Runners

Many of our STARS of the Spectrum autistic ambassadors want to take their running passions to the next level. Whether it’s training for a big marathon, or doing a running challenge, or speaking about and advocation for more inclusive opportunities, we are here to help adaptive runners achieve their goals. Meet some of our runners here!

Runner at the road race

Enchee Xu

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Greg Schwartz

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Runner in the road race

Mike Palmer

Mike Palmer is 28 years old on the autism spectrum. Mike grew up in Hopkinton Massachusetts and fell in love…

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Cassandra Oldham

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Shane Johnson

Shane Johnson

  • Triathlete & Ambassador

Shane Johnson, 18, is a senior in high school and a member of National Honor Society with a 3.9 GPA….

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Kyle Grossman

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Eric Fishman

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Hanna Adams

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Are you interested in becoming part of our Adaptive Running Program? Contact us today!

Adaptive Program for Autistic Runners