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2013 Run MS: A Spooktacular 5K

October 29, 2013

The 2013 Run MS, A Spooktacular 5K, which took place Saturday, Oct. 26, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, attracted more than 600 runners and raised about $20,000 to benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and those it serves. Michael Tartar, of Manchester, came in first in the men’s division with a time of 17:48.72, and Allycia Fish, of Marlborough, had the fastest women's nettime, with a time of 21:17.77, and Caitlin Grant, of Meriden, had the fastest guntime, with a time of 22:24.54. For more information on multiple sclerosis, it’s effects and the many ways the National MS Society helps people living with MS, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

Ryan Harrison
Dressed as one of the characters featured on the A&E reality show, Duck Dynasty, Ryan Harrison, 30, Wethersfield, is about to complete the first half of the 2013 Run MS event, held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. The run, in which participants were encouraged to dress in costume, attracted more than 600 runners and raised about $20,000 to benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and those it serves. For more information on multiple sclerosis, it’s effects and the many ways the National MS Society helps people living with MS, visitwww.ctfightsMS.org.
Erin Paice
Tailed by a freaky  jack-o-lantern come to life, Erin Paice, Manchester, picks up her pace as she approaches the finish line at the 2013 Run MS, A Spooktacular 5K, held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. The Halloween-themed run, in which participants were encouraged to dress in costume, attracted more than 600 runners and raised about $20,000 to benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and those it serves. 
Laura Grzybowski
CUTLINE: Dressed as sparkling butterfly, Laura Grzybowski, 29, South Windsor, poses just before the start of the 2013 Run MS, A Spooktacular 5K, held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Grybowski, a freelance book editor, finished the run in about 34 minutes. The run, in which participants were encouraged to dress in costume, attracted more than 600 runners and raised about $20,000 to benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and those it serves. For more information on multiple sclerosis, it’s effects and the many ways the National MS Society helps people living with MS, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.
Glori Harvar
CUTLINE: Dressed as a Purple People Eater, Glori Shanda Harvar, 40,Southbridge, Mass., strikes a ferocious pose during the first half of the 2013 Run MS event, held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. The run, in which participants were encouraged to dress in costume, attracted more than 600 runners and raised about $20,000 to benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and those it serves. For more information on multiple sclerosis, it’s effects and the many ways the National MS Society helps people living with MS, visitwww.ctfightsMS.org.
Daniela Ferreira
CUTLINE: Dressed as Wonder Woman, Daniela Ferreira, 19, Trumbull., strikes a victory pose during the second half of the 2013 Run MS event, held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Finishing in 27 minutes, Ferreira came in 26th out of 129 women in her division. The Halloween-themed run, in which participants were encouraged to dress in costume, attracted more than 600 runners and raised about $20,000 to benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and those it serves. For more information on multiple sclerosis, it’s effects and the many ways the National MS Society helps people living with MS, visitwww.ctfightsMS.org.
Laura Tignonsini
Laura Tignonsini, Manchester, poses with her cash prize after winning first place in the women’s division at the 2013 Run MS, A Spooktacular 5K, held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. The Halloween-themed run, in which participants were encouraged to dress in costume, attracted more than 600 runners and raised about $20,000 to benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and those it serves. 
Jason Earl
Jason Earl, Vernon, poses with his cash prize after winning second place in the men’s division at the 2013 Run MS, A Spooktacular 5K, held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. The Halloween-themed run, in which participants were encouraged to dress in costume, attracted more than 600 runners and raised about $20,000 to benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and those it serves. 
Philip Roucoulet
Philip Roucoulet, Simsbury, poses with Aileen Bastos, West Hartford, at the finish of 2013 Run MS, A Spooktacular 5K, held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Roucoulet finished third in the men’s division with a gun time of 19:26.43. Bastos finished third in the women’s division with a gun time 22:58.18. The Halloween-themed run, in which participants were encouraged to dress in costume, attracted more than 600 runners and raised about $20,000 to benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and those it serves. 
Keller and Sembor2
Portland resident Mike Keller and girlfriend Jacqueline Sembor, Windsor, run past the cameras during the second half of the 2013 Run MS event, held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Keller, dressed as Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk, is an information technology consultant for The Hartford. Sembor, on staff at the Connecticut Chapter, dressed as ‘Jacq’ from Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick. The Halloween-themed run, in which participants were encouraged to dress in costume, attracted more than 600 runners and raised about $20,000 to benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and those it serves. 
Crystal Fontaine
Dressed as a hip chick the ‘70s, Crystal Fontaine, Plainfield, pushes past her competition as she crosses the finish line at the 2013 Run MS, A Spooktacular 5K, held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Fontaine, 24, is an 8th grade math teacher in Plainfield. The Halloween-themed run, in which participants were encouraged to dress in costume, attracted more than 600 runners and raised about $20,000 to benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and those it serves.
Caitlin Grant
Caitlin Grant, Meriden, poses with her cash prize after winning second place in the women’s division at the 2013 Run MS, A Spooktacular 5K, held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. The Halloween-themed run, in which participants were encouraged to dress in costume, attracted more than 600 runners and raised about $20,000 to benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and those it serves. 
Ashleigh Clark
Dressed as a pink football player, Ashleigh Clark, 11, Bristol, poses at the finish line of the 2013 Run MS event, held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. The run, in which participants were encouraged to dress in costume, attracted more than 600 runners and raised about $20,000 to benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and those it serves. Clark raised $375 for Run MS by sending flyers home from school and asking neighbors for donations. 
Deanna Sera
Deanna Sena, Plantsville, poses with Christina Wherry, Southington, at the Christina’s Gourmet Cookies booth at the 2013 Run MS, A Spooktacular 5K, held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Wherry, owner of the Southington-based bakery, has been partnering with the Connecticut Chapter for five years, setting up her booth at various fundraising events. Sena was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in July 2013. The Halloween-themed run, in which participants were encouraged to dress in costume, attracted more than 600 runners and raised about $20,000 to benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and those it serves. 
Becky Kresser
Dressed as super heroes, Becky Kresser and her 7-year-old daughter, Sarah, both residents of Portland, strike a victory pose at the finish line at the 2013 Run MS, A Spooktacular 5K, held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Becky Kresser, 43, is an accountant at Hallisey & D’Agostino, located in Wethersfield. The mother-daughter duo also participated in the 2012 Run MS, last year running as an eggplant and a ballerina. The Halloween-themed run, in which participants were encouraged to dress in costume, attracted more than 600 runners and raised about $20,000 to benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and those it serves. 
Luis Ortiz
Dressed to kill, Luis Ortiz, East Hartford, and Lizbeth Baerga, East Hartford, pose with Lisa Gerrol and Todd Piro after receiving the Scariest Costume award at the finish of the 2013 Run MS, A Spooktacular 5K, held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Lisa Gerrol serves as president of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. Todd Piro, a reporter and news anchor with NBC Connecticut, served as the event’s grand marshal. The Halloween-themed run, in which participants were encouraged to dress in costume, attracted more than 600 runners and raised about $20,000 to benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and those it serves. 
Paula Jacobs
Dressed as Jeffery’s Angels, Paula Jacobs, 40, Plainville, and Cathy Lee, 19, Southington, approach the finish line at the 2013 Run MS event, held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. The Halloween-themed run, in which participants were encouraged to dress in costume, attracted more than 600 runners and raised about $20,000 to benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and those it serves. 
Heather Demers
Dressed as ballerinas known as Dee’s Nuts, Heather Demers, 27,Seymour, Diane Kuskowski, 34, Torrington, and Kelly Devito, 32,Torrington, jubilantly, albeit slightly knackered, approach the finish line at the 2013 Run MS event, held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Rentschler Field inEast Hartford. The Halloween-themed run, in which participants were encouraged to dress in costume, attracted more than 600 runners and raised about $20,000 to benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and those it serves. 
Jamie Tabshey
Rocky Hill resident Jamie Tabshey poses with Alicia Barrows, East Haddam, after accepting her award for placing first in her the female, age 19 - 29 division of the 2013 Run MS, A Spooktacular 5K. The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, hosted the event on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Tabshey, who has two close family members living with MS, is a teacher at CCMC School, an affiliate of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, located in New Britain. Barrows is a development coordinator with the Connecticut Chapter. The Halloween-themed run, in which participants were encouraged to dress in costume, attracted more than 600 runners and raised about $20,000 to benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and those it serves. 

 

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The Connecticut Chapter strives to provide knowledge and assistance to help people with MS and their families maintain the highest possible quality of life. These goals are achieved through vital national and local programs.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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