About the Campaign
Carol and I just ran a 5K on Saturday. Carol was “the Captain” and I was “the Engine” as I pushed her in our running wheelchair / chariot.
While we have different roles, we run for the same cause: to cure multiple sclerosis (MS).
Carol is my girlfriend’s mother and has lived with MS for 34 years. She says the worst part of living with MS is “not being able to stand up and hug.” Carol says the best part of living with MS is “having time to spend with God reading the bible.” She also says “it has taught me to think about others and how I might help them” and that “being positive is half the cure.”
We would attempt Segment 18 together, but 1) I’m not that strong of a runner and 2) Carol’s butt can’t tolerate more than a few miles in the Captain’s seat. My usual running distance is 5k, 10K, or an occasional half-marathon. So, running 148 miles in 6 days will be a BIG challenge for me. However, it doesn’t even compare in our challenge to cure MS.
The Ultra Relay
The MS Run the US – Relay is an annual 3,260-mile relay run across America for the MS cause.
The Relay begins each year mid-April in Santa Monica, CA and finishes mid-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 Ultra Relay team.
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. There are 19 segments total in the relay spanning from California to New York. Once selected each runner spends months training and fundraising prior to the event as they prepare to devote one week on the road with the nonprofit while completing their segment’s miles. Each runner’s segment is logistically coordinated back-to-back as a part of the collective team effort to run 3,260-miles over the duration of 4.5 months.