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Spooktacular 5K To Add Fright To Flight

August 21, 2013

Dressed as Nintendo’s Luigi and Mario, Magda Burek, 21, South Windsor, and Zack Gonzalez, 19, Union, pose just before the start of the 2012 Run MS event, held at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Burek and Gonzalez are both students. Burek is majoring in social work at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, and Gonzalez is studying nursing at Goodwin College in East Hartford. This year’s spooktacular 5K will be held at Rentschler Field on Saturday, Oct. 26.

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – For a second year, the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, will host Run MS, A Spooktacular 5K. This year’s run will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

The Halloween-themed 5K will feature a variety of chills and thrills. The event will feature zombies, haunted castle bounce house, light breakfast fare, faux tattoos, candy station, music, vendors, magicians and face painting. The run will include official timing and scoring, with trophies and cash prizes for the winners.

Costumes are encouraged. Prizes will also be awarded for the scariest, funniest and most creative costumes. All proceeds from Run MS, A Spooktacular 5K, will benefit the National MS Society.

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents are affected by multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease affecting the central nervous system. The cause is unknown and there is currently no cure for MS. Symptoms can include, among other things, numbness in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness, loss of mobility and, in some more severe cases, total paralysis. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted.

Preregistration is $30. Day-of registration is $35. The 2013 Run MS, A Spooktacular 5K, takes place Saturday, Oct. 26, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. The run starts at 9 a.m.

For more information or to register as an individual or a team, 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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