Location: Due to COVID-19 the 2021 event is set to take place virtually. Should anything change, the event will take place at Walsingham Park in Seminole, FL on Sunday, March 14th – Shelter is TBD. All registrants will be notified should there be a change and an in-person event is to take place.
Date and Time: Start your 5K or 1 Mile Awareness Walk any time between 3/7/2021 and 3/14/2021! Send us your photos and times to post to social media and the race website.
Fundraising Information: Race registrations will NOT count towards fundraising goals.
- 2021 Monthly Fundraising Challenge: Each month leading up to the 5K, we will host a fundraising challenge. For every $50 raised (not including race registrations), you will earn 1 entry in a monthly opportunity drawing to receive a gift box with TDP Swag and different themed items. Rules: Race registrations do NOT count towards a fundraising goal; This challenge is only open to fundraisers in the United States or those who have access to APO.
- October – Dysautonomia Awareness
- November – Fall
- December – Winter
- January – Fitness
- February – Valentine's
- Top Overall Individual and Team Fundraisers will be honored and given a "Grand Prize"
- 2021 Registration Changes: There are multiple registration options for the 2021 Event.
- 5K/1 Mile Awareness Walk Registration Only: Includes a race bib that will be emailed to you, NO Race Shirt or Race Medal
- 5K/1 Mile Awareness Walk Contactless Pickup Option: Includes a race bib, Race Shirt, and Race Medal that will be available for contactless pickup in Clearwater, FL – Pickup dates are TBD.
- 5K/1 Mile Awareness Walk Mailed to You Option: Includes a race bib that will be emailed to you and a Race Shirt and Race Medal that will be mailed to you
- Online silent auction is TBD at this point in time.
- 5K Race awards to top 3 M/F Overall Finishers, and Top 3 Age Group Finishers In the following categories: U9,10-14,15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
- If you plan to participate in the event, please click on the "Sign Up" icon first. You can then register individually, set up a team, or join one to the teams already created, and select your t-shirt size.
- If you cannot attend the event but want to donate to the cause or one of the teams, click on the "Donate" icon. Prompts will show you how to donate to a specific team, or the event in general.
- VIRTUAL RUNNERS/WALKERS: WHAT IS A VIRTUAL RACE? A virtual race is a race that can be run (or walked) from any location you choose. You can run, jog, or walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, at the gym, or on the track (or even at another race). You get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself. And your medal will be shipped directly to you. Complete our virtual 5K wherever you want to do it! You do not have to wait for your packet to arrive to complete your race. Once you have signed up for the race, decide on the distance you want to complete (1 Mile or 5K) and then decide on the course you want to do, or you can do it on the treadmill. You time yourself. You can even get your friends and/or your kids to race with you too. Submit Your Results– Our Virtual race is on the honor system. Once you have completed your race, you can submit your results or take Photos With Your Medal and Share Your Race With Us! We would love to hear about your race and your personal story.
A Message from Tava Wilson, Christina's Mother:
"I don't want others to have to struggle to find knowledgeable medical help, the way we did. This event honors not only the memory of my daughter, but also all individuals currently suffering with POTS, EDS and other forms of Dysautonomia. This day is YOURS."
This fun run/walk will benefit The Dysautonomia Project which is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization whose mission is to raise educate patients, physicians, and communities on dysautonomia. Dysautonomia involves disorders of the autonomic nervous system, and usually involve abnormal symptoms in many organ systems, including cardiac, gastrointestinal, neurological, and pulmonary, as well as others. Dysautonomia, an invisible illness, may be one of the most misdiagnosed medical conditions of all time. The biggest problem in autonomic medicine today is the lack of knowledge about dysautonomia in communities and with community-based physicians. This effort is personal for me. I am blessed beyond measure to be the mother of Christina Tournant, who voluntarily gave up her fight with POTS/Dysautonomia on March 5th, 2015. Christina loved math, so naturally Pi Day (3/14) was her favorite. In high school, Christina won numerous awards, both for athletics and academics. Full of passion for knowledge, Christina was valedictorian of her high school and was accepted to her dream university: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in Cambridge, MA. Throughout these years of achievement, Christina suffered from numerous unusual symptoms and spent MANY hours in the offices of a variety of medical specialists. Christina was finally diagnosed with POTS/Dysautonomia after a friend suggested this as a possibility. Following her diagnosis, we were given misinformation or no information regarding the many symptoms she suffered from or what to expect. Christina was essentially led to believe that she could control this by "thinking positive thoughts." The Doctors did this because they did not know enough about Dysautonomia to be able to educate us, and unfortunately made it seem like it was not a big deal (which was clearly not the case!!). The AWARENESS and better understanding of Dysautonomia by medical professionals is KEY, and Christina's story exemplifies why it is SO URGENT. By spreading awareness about Dysautonomia and helping to fund research and treatment centers, I/we hope to help others who are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed and are suffering. PLEASE help us do this by getting involved in our event. No donation amount is too small:-). -Tava