Start/Finish Location: Holy Cross Cross Cemetery, 2900 S Park Ave, Lackawanna, NY 14218
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Monster Scramble 5K/10K – a wicked run that’s wicked fun!
The National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter is pulling out all the stops to put an end to multiple sclerosis. In October, adults and children alike will lace up their running shoes to participate in the Chapter’s chip-timed, Halloween-themed 5K/10K fundraising event, full of chills and thrills, spooky costumes, and sweet treats. The event will also include a one-mile, kid-friendly trick-or-treat family fun walk.
The run will include official timing and scoring, with prizes for the winners in each age bracket and for reaching fundraising milestones of $100, $250 and $500. Costumes are encouraged. Prizes will also be awarded for the best adult, child, and group costume. All proceeds from the Monster Scramble 5K/10K, will benefit the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter.
Preregistration is $25. Day-of registration is $30. Fundraising is optional but highly encouraged and prizes will be awarded based on levels achieved and top fundraisers at each site. The first 500 runners to pre-register (chapter-wide) will receive a free Monster Scramble 5K/10K commemorative t-shirt. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The run starts at 10 a.m. and awards will be distributed around 11 a.m.
More than 13,000 Upstate New Yorkers 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. “That is why we raise funds at this fabulously fun event,” says Christy Missico, Director of Events at the National MS Society. “We need to fund research to find the cure and Monster Scramble 5K/10K gives people the chance to do that while have a great time.”
A Zumba warm up will be provided so everyone can dust off the cobwebs before heading out to either run or walk. Then get ready for some Halloween themed kid zone activities that will be fun for the whole family. So grab your family, friends, and most importantly your costume, for this spooktacular event you will not want to miss!