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Runners to Tackle Chronic Disease as MS Rockstars at P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona

P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona to benefit National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Training Program Offers Coaching, Fundraising Support and Race Weekend Perks

Phoenix, AZ – December 14, 2011 – Megan White was always a runner.

“I love to run and always have. I am able to clear my mind with only the road and the music in my head,” she says.

Her MS diagnosis at the age of 37 was devastating at first. It was not what she had imagined for her life. She thought of the burden she would become to her family, the loss of her independence. Struck with fear, Megan picked up the phone and called the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, seeking answers.

“The woman on the other end told me my life wasn’t over, it was just different,” she recalls. Since then, Megan hasn’t stopped running. In fact, she has run the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon every year since 2009, raising critical funds for the National MS Society each time, and running decked out in their signature color, orange.

On January 15, 2012, Megan will be in good company. As the benefiting charity of the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will be represented by a team of MS Rockstars, runners like Megan who will raise money to create a world free of MS. Each team member will raise a minimum of $1,750; benefits of participating on the MS Rockstar team include a personalized 12-week training program and VIP treatment on race day. The money they raise directly supports research for a cure and local programs that support those living with MS.

“More than 45,000 people living in Arizona are living with multiple sclerosis, and the funds raised by our MS Rockstars will have a direct impact locally,” said Jim Elfline, President of the Society’s Arizona Chapter. “We’re thrilled to partner with Rock ‘n’ Roll and we hope to inspire more runners to participate as MS Rockstars and experience the team camaraderie, inspiration and dedication to a cause that is truly worthy of their miles.”

“I look forward to looking all around me and seeing orange,” adds Megan. “I am so tickled that such a well run marathon has chosen the Society to be the benefiting charity. I only run one marathon a year; I choose P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona because I get so charged up by the spectators,  the bands and the atmosphere that I forget the pain – I am free of MS for just the day. I want others to be free of MS as well.”

The P.F. Chang’s Rock ’n’ Roll Arizona Marathon and 1/2 Marathon to benefit the National MS Society takes place January 15, 2012. More than 30,000 runners are expected for the annual mash-up of entertainment and fitness, with live bands rocking stages along each mile of the 26.2 and 13.1 mile courses. The ultimate celebration will kick off at the finish line festival and a rockin’ post-race concert featuring The B-52s. To join Megan and the MS Rockstars while running for a great cause and enjoying the ultimate VIP experience in Arizona call 1-800-344-4867 or visit www.MSrockstars.com.

Race weekend will begin with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo presented by Fox 10 and MY45 on January 13th and 14th at the Phoenix Convention Center.  The Expo, which will be free and open to the public, will showcase the latest in running products and services with interactive clinics from fitness experts.

 To register or for more information, please visit Competitor.com.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives.  In 2010 alone, through its national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted $159 million to programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $37 million to support 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at www.nationalMSsociety.org.