Tonight was Corey’s Catsup and Mustard 5K held in Manchester. The race management was the Hartford Marathon Foundation and the event was held to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
The M.J.F. Foundation is an organization that is raising awareness for, and fighting Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is a chronic degenerative neurological disease that affects 1 in 100 over the age of 60.
There were a couple of hundred runners there for the race as well as a simultaneously held charity walk.
Congratulations to Ben Joyce who came in first overall with a time of 16:47 and to Brianna Demers who was the first female to cross the line at 20:08.
The Silk City Striders were there. They are a running club based in Manchester that host their own runs that are open to everyone.
Another large group of folks were all wearing orange so I had to ask what their cause was. They were all there in support of Jimmy Chandler who has Parkinson’s disease and made the trip up from Florida to be with family and friends as they gathered to show love and support and raise money to combat the disease. This was the second year in the row that they did the Corey’s Catsup and Mustard 5K.
I had the pleasure of spending some time with Paul Kratochvil who ran the 5K tonight, a Union CT resident, 43 year old father of two daughters. Paul is an otherwise healthy man except that his kidneys are only functioning at 14% and will soon fail. After winning a tough fight with cancer he was left with kidney failure and is looking for a donor. Info is available, if you would like to know more about Paul at "Find Paul a Kidney" on //www.facebook.com/pages/Find-Paul-a-Kidney/761210273922351?fref=ts
Corey’s is a great local restaurant, part of a trio of establishments led by Corey Wry. Corey’s Catsup and Mustard has been featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives. They put out an amazing burger and put on an amazing event.
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