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A Quest For Freedom Drives Connecticut To Pick Up The Pace

April 11, 2012

First-ever Run MS, A Cinco de Mayo 5K, comes to Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

EAST HARTFORD – Cinco de Mayo is traditionally recognized as a holiday commemorating Mexican liberty and independence, but on the fifth of May this year, hundreds of Connecticut residents will be coming together to celebrate a different kind of freedom, a world free of MS.

Run MS, A Cinco De Mayo 5K, the first-annual 5K run put on by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter will be held on Saturday, May 5 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

Run MS logoThis year’s 5K aims at bringing the community together to raise money and awareness about multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease in which there is presently no cure.

“A 5K run is one of the only types of events that we haven’t held yet,” said Rebecca Shulman, event coordinator for the National MS Society. “We are so excited to start the new tradition of Run MS. This is just another vehicle to raise awareness for MS.”

Run MS will feature a 5K course within the stadium grounds, a post-run Cinco de Mayo themed Fun Run for kids and amateur runners, vendors, Mexican fanfare such as sombreros and maracas, music and light refreshments.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The 5K run starts at 9 a.m. and the Fun Run, a half K run around the stadium, will follow shortly after at 10 a.m.

Cash prizes of $50, $25, or waived fee for next year’s Run MS Event will be given out to the top three men and women to finish the race.

The registration fee for the 5K is $30, or $35 the day of the event. The Fun run will include a $5 pre-registration fee or $10 to sign up the day of.

Participants are encouraged to fundraise on their own or form teams, and everyone who participates will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Runners who collect a minimum of $100 by April 18 will also receive a custom-ordered moisture wicking T-shirt.

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents currently live with the effects of multiple sclerosis. The cause is unknown and there is currently no cure. Symptoms can include anything from numbness in the limbs, difficulties in vision or speech, stiffness, and in some more severe cases, total paralysis. The progress, severity and symptoms vary from person to person and cannot be predicted.

Run MS, A Cinco De Mayo 5K, sponsored by EMD Serono, will take place on Saturday, May 5 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Funds raised through Connecticut Chapter events, such as Run MS, ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure.

For more information or to register for Run MS, or to learn more about multiple sclerosis, visit


About the Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

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 is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts 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 leading to better understanding and 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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