About the Campaign
I started running more consistently 6 years ago as a way to clear my mind. As someone who had never been a runner, I was surprised with how quickly I fell in love with it and started looking forward to doing it. Within a month I had signed up for my first half marathon and since then have completed over 20 half’s, 7 full marathons, 2 ultra-marathons; as well as many other distance races.
While listening to a (running) podcast in 2018 I heard about this relay and the cause and immediately felt drawn to and inspired to be part of the team. I’m thankful to be given the opportunity to run once again with the 2020 relay team after being a part of the 2019 team.
MS is a horrible disease that is affecting close friends and it is my honor to be able to run for them. Raising awareness and funds for MS research imperative and I am thankful to be able to participate in doing more.
Living with MS is hard. It’s debilitating and painful. As this disease progresses so do the symptoms. I’ve watched my friends struggle daily and worsen over time. I will be running for those who can’t. For Lisa, Danielle, Chip, Chrissy, and many more. I will be running for me. I will be running and pushing my limits as a reminder to myself and others that we can do hard things and to never give up!
I am so grateful to be given this opportunity. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your generosity towards helping me reach my fundraising goal and for your support through this journey.
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.