About the Campaign
My section of the run is segment 13. I will begin running from Dubuque, IA on July 2nd and finish running in Milwaukee, WI on July 5th. I will be covering 180 miles in 4 days (really 3.5 days). My segment this year is the cross over from the West to the East-as I run over the Mississippi River on day 1! I have been running most of my life, however, it wasn’t until 2013 that I really became a runner. After the Boston Marathon bombings, I decided that I wanted to take a stand with all the other runners out there, that were not going to sit on the sidelines while our sport was the target of terrorism. After a great year of firsts, in my running life-first marathon, first Ultra marathon, first Half Ironman Triathlon, I yearned for something more. I wanted to make a difference using my athletic gift. I wanted to help others with this gift.
In 2014, I started fundracing (raising money for a cause through racing). My first choice of fundraising was for MS research. I know quite a few people who have struggled with MS, so I thought it would be a great cause. I was successful in my fundraising efforts in 2014 as well as 2015, and beat my fundraising goal both years! For 2016, 2018, and 2019, I was lucky enough to be chosen as an athlete for this AMAZING relay team and surpassed my goals and my youngest daughter got more involved and created her own MS fundraising project. For 2020 I am back at it and hope to crush my fundraising goal once more and greatly appreciate all the support from every one that donates, shares my page, and cheers me on along the way! My efforts would be impossible without the help of everyone!
The Ultra Relay
The MS Run the US – Relay is an annual 3,260-mile relay run across America for the multiple sclerosis (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.