COLUMBIA — The MU Engineer's Club and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will host the second 5K/10K St. Patty's Day Run for MS on Sunday. The run begins at 8 a.m. at the MU Student Center.
There are two different routes for the run: a 5K route and a 10K route.
The event is part of MU's Engineering Week, but it also marks the start of Multiple Sclerosis Week.
Multiple sclerosis affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and more than 250 people in Boone County, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Online registration for the run is closed, but there will be day of sign-ups starting at 7 a.m. Sunday.
Last year, 200 runners and walkers participated. Organizers hope to attract similar numbers this year.
Participants are encouraged to dress in orange and green costumes, said Denise Falco, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's community development manager of the Gateway area.
Orange is the official color for the society. Green is for St. Patrick's Day.
The two best-dressed runners will receive gift certificates.
The event began last year as a replacement for the concert that used to be held during Engineering Week. As the cost of the concert increased, the Engineer's Club decided to create an event for charity.
Organizers hoped it would be "something that would not be just a fun party atmosphere, but that said, 'Here's how students are giving back to the community,'" Jacob Brown, chairman of the 5K/10K committee, said.
Brown, then a club member, introduced the club to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He was familiar with the organization because his mother has the disease.
The 2012 5K/10K run raised $1,800 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This year, the MU Engineer's club hopes to exceed that amount. All revenue from registration goes toward the society.