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Run to End MS Attracting Runners from Around the World

By Bob Peters
April 19, 2017

Run to End MS - Cornwall - April 29 2017Cornwall Ontario - Runners from throughout Ontario, Quebec and beyond are gearing up to participate in the Run to endMS on April 29.

With only a few spots left to fill in the 5k and 10k races, organizers are expecting a sold-out field of over 600 athletes. It will be largest race ever in the 16 years the event has been held.

"The majority of the runners are coming from outside of the region," says Phil Barnes, Race Organizer. "Some are travelling from quite far away, including Europe, and we are looking forward to welcoming them to Cornwall."

Participants can take part in four different events including a 5K, 10K and 1/2 marathon, and marathon. The marathon was added last year and is proving very popular as it is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon. As one of the first races of the year, runners use Cornwall’s race as a barometer to see how they are doing in their training.

The 5k, 10k and half-marathon depart from St. Lawrence College on Saturday. The route runs through Le Village along Montreal Road until McConnell, turning south and continuing west on Cotton Mill Street until it connects with the Waterfront Trail at Harbour Road. The full marathon race departs from Crysler Park Marina and travels east along the Waterfront Trail to finish in Cornwall at St. Lawrence College.

The weekend is all for a good cause, raising funds for the local MS Society.

“Each year we raise over $25,000 and we expect to surpass that number for sure this year,” said Karen Torrie-Racine, Volunteer Office Co-Ordinator the Cornwall and District Chapter. "Everyone is welcome to come down and cheer on the participants."

Volunteers Welcome
Organizers welcome more volunteers to help with the day's activities. People can sign up to volunteer at 725 Boundary Rd, call 613-938-6777 or e-mail mssociety.cornwall@bellnet.ca

About the Cause
The Cornwall and District Chapter of the MS Society of Canada is stiving to be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life. The Chapter is overseen by a volunteer board of directors and holds a number of popular events throughout the year, including the MS Bike from Ottawa to Cornwall which takes place July 15 & 16 this year.

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