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Actuaries From Around the World Running To Fight Multiple Sclerosis

PARIS, APRIL 12, 2015 – October Three Consulting, a Chicago based actuarial firm specializing in cash balance plan design and administration, is running in the Schneider Electric Paris Marathon on April 12, 2015, in Paris, France as a part of the Abelica Global team effort to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation.

Abelica Global, a worldwide network of independent actuarial firms present in over 65 countries, will be sponsoring a team of nine runners selected from their member firms, which represents five countries – France, Channel Islands, Canada, Belgium and United States. Representing the United States for October Three will be Brian Sapp, a retirement consultant from Denver, Colo..

“I am excited and honored by this opportunity to be able to run with our partners around the world and raise money to eradicate this terrible disease,” said Brian Sapp. “All of us [runners] have someone close to us who is affected by this horrible sickness. The sister of my friend and colleague here at October Three is suffering with MS. And I just learned that the sister of our French partner recently passed away. I am running for them.”

Sapp competes in everything from triathlons to ultra-marathons and has accomplished the Ironman Coeur d’Alene triathlon and both the Leadville Trail 100 and Bighorn 100 mile races.

“We are delighted to participate in the Paris Marathon as a part of the Abelica Global team,” said Jeff Stevenson president and CEO of October Three. “Just like Abelica Global brings together the top independent actuarial firms from around the world to better serve our clients, we are thrilled to be a part of this collaboration of runners working together outside of the office for such a worthy cause.”

The race starts at 8:45 a.m. and is just over 26 miles long, crossing through five Parisian neighborhoods. There are more than 50,000 runners registered with 138 nationalities being represented, making this race in the top three of the world’s most popular marathons. Two-hundred and fifty thousand spectators are expected to turn out for the race which starts on Avenue des Champs-Élysées near the Arc de Triomphe and winds east to Bois de Vincennes before heading back west along the Seine River to Bois de Boulogne finishing on Avenue Foch.

Funding will be collected by the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation to support local multiple sclerosis organizations around the world and international MS programs. The United States donations will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. To donate, visit msif.org/abelica-global, or click here. Follow the team and their fundraising progress on Twitter at – @octoberthree
and @abelicaglobal – or join the group on Facebook at 2015 Paris Marathon – Abelica Global Team and interact with the team.

The primary focus of October Three is the design and administration of comprehensive retirement benefit programs that minimize the financial risk and volatility concerns employers face. Retirement should be a time of joy to harvest the fruits of a lifetime of hard work, not a time for worrying if you’ve planted enough. Through Abelica Global – a network of independent international firms – October Three provides global consulting services that are the alternative to the ‘big firms,’ where the belief is that no one can service the local market like a local firm. By partnering with Abelica Global, October Three has an extended reach of valuable local insight and service.

About Multiple Sclerosis International Federation

The vision is a world without Multiple Sclerosis. The Multiple Sclerosis international Federation is a unique global network of MS organizations. They have 44 member organizations from around the world, and links to many others. Together they lead the fight against MS and work to improve the quality of life of people affected by MS in more than 90 countries. Currently 2.3 million people worldwide are living with MS and many of these people have little support from their governments. For people with MS and their families, support and information are vital.