About the Campaign
Truth be told, I didn’t know that much about MS until my dear friend, Tracie, was diagnosed. And even then, I still knew very little. By chance, I stumbled upon the social media feed of one of the relay runners in 2016 and was in awe of what she was trying to accomplish despite her own struggles. I met up with her as she ended her leg in Steamboat Springs, and we became fast friends. I met the parents of the next runner that morning, as she took off from Steamboat, and I began to follow her journey, as well. It was then that I began to follow the MS Run the US cause and the awareness it was bringing to the disease. Three months after the relay ended that year, I was on the phone with founder Ashley discussing my fears and whether I really could tackle such a weighty goal – and I didn’t just mean the run! Fundraising is a bit out of my comfort zone, despite running for charity before. But, nothing will change until we give those battling MS a bigger voice. I took on Segment 7 in 2017 and was overwhelmed by the love, support, and generosity I saw and was flooded with emotion during my segment. What started with one person grew to a list of 75+ people fighting MS, and I was honored to run for each and every one of them. These donations provide much needed support for those living with MS and get us one step closer to a potential cure. Unfortunately, there is no cure currently. So I will put my feet to pavement once again and extend my voice, and I will run for those who can’t. I have hope that one day, my friend, Tracie, and others like her will live a life free of MS.
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The Ultra Relay
The Ultra Relay is an annual, 19 segment, relay run stretching 3,260 miles across America for the MS cause.
The Relay begins each year in April in Santa Monica, CA and finishes in August in New York, NY. Our relay runners are selected via our online application process to participate as an individual segment runner as a part of the 19 segment relay. To participate each runner commits to fundraising $10,000 over ten months and to running approximately 160 miles over 6 consecutive days during his or her assigned relay segment. Once selected each runner spends months training and fundraising with in depth help from the organization prior to the event’s start as they prepare to devote one week on the road while completing their segment’s miles. They are aided on the road by the organization’s road crew team. Each runner’s segment is logistically coordinated back-to-back as a part of the collective team effort to run across America. Donations raised support the organization’s mission to raise awareness of the MS disease, aid research, and to help those living with disability due to MS.