About the Campaign
I started running when I was in middle school as a way to clear my head, to de-stress, and to feel good about myself. I quickly became obsessed as I saw the miles increase with each run. I used to actually have my sister, Madi, drop me off at the gate and take my backpack with her so that I could run home from school. I decided to run my first half-marathon my senior year of high school and I ran my second one in college. Running has always been selfish for me. It’s time that I devote to my mind and my body. As soon as I tie my shoes, I leave the world behind, but I want to run for something bigger. It changed my life, and I want to run this race to change someone else’s.
Madi was diagnosed with MS when she was 24 and in her first year of Law School. I have watched her fight MS while still managing to place third in her class to earn a full-tuition scholarship. She refuses to let it hold her back!
I will be 24 when I run my first marathon across Nebraska (& 5 more!) in honor of her battle and her strength. She is my inspiration and I will run with her battle on my back.
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.