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May 20, 2018 all-day
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY

Tourette Association of America to Host

2018 National Awareness 5K Run/Walk

Sunday, May 20, 2018

in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens 

Hundreds of participants will help raise awareness and funds for the Tourette Association of America

New this year, the 5K will be a certified race with bib and timed results and a free Kids Fun Run

The Tourette Association of America invites runners, walkers, families and supporters to participate in the 2018 National Awareness 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 20 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. New this year, the 5K will be a certified run as well as a free Kids Fun Run for children 12 and under:

Sunday, May 20
Check-in and Registration opens at 7:00 AM
Kids Fun Run begins at 8:45am
Run/Walk begins at 9:00am

The 2018 National Awareness 5K Run/Walk will be emceed by actor, writer and teacher, Gardiner Comfort. This year’s Walk Ambassador is Tourette Association Youth Ambassador, Blaise Urato from Dix Hills, New York. The event will include entertainment and group activities for participants, and all participants will have free admission to the Hall of Science, Queens Zoo and carousel following the event.

The Tourette Association’s National Awareness 5K Run/Walk was organized to raise awareness and funds for the Tourette Association of America. When you register you are supporting the Tourette Association’s mission to make life better for all people affected by Tourette syndrome and Tic Disorders.

For information about how to participate and help raise awareness and funds, visit

About Tourette syndrome and Tics

Tourette syndrome is part of a spectrum of hereditary, childhood-onset, neurodevelopmental conditions referred to as Tic Disorders. These conditions affect both children and adults, causing them to make sudden, uncontrollable movements and/or sounds called tics (e.g. head bobbing, arm jerking, shoulder shrugging and grunting). Non-tic features, such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning difficulties, often develop in affected individuals. Symptoms in Tic Disorders can range from mild to severe and, in some cases, can be self-injurious, debilitating and markedly reduce quality of life.

While some treatments are available for people with TS and other Tic Disorders, approaches to care are inconsistent, medications are often ineffective and there is no cure.

About the Tourette Association of America

Founded in 1972, the TAA is dedicated to making life better for all individuals affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders.  The premier nationwide organization serving this community, the Association works to raise awareness, advance research and provide on-going support.  The TAA directs a network of 32 Chapters and support groups across the country.  For more information on Tourette and Tic Disorders, call 1-888-4-TOURET and visit us at, and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.