Elizabeth Hanlon, formally of Wakefield, is organizing a 5k run/walk around Lake Quannapowitt to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. All proceeds will go towards Elizabeth’s fundraising efforts with the Marathon Strides Against MS team for the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014, which she is currently training to run. This will be her eighth marathon and second time running Boston.
Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. 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 more than twice as many women as men contracting the disease. Even teenagers and young children can be diagnosed with MS, which affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide. 1 in every 750 people is diagnosed with MS and that chance increases greatly if a family member is affected by the disease.
The Cupid’s Chase is scheduled to take place on February 15, 2014 at 10:00 am, with registration opening at 8:30 am. Registration, as well as the start and finish line are at the Clarion Inn on North Ave. Registration fee includes a long sleeve shirt (guaranteed if registered by January 25) and admission to the post-race celebration serving Sam Adams beer (for 21+)! There will also be awards for the top 3 overall male and female as well as the top 3 in each age group! For additional information and to register please visit www.northshoretiming.com.
To learn more about Elizabeth’s fundraising (including information on an event taking place in Winthrop, MA on February 1, 2014) or to donate please visit her page at: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/ehanlon