Jon Franko

I will be running 171 miles in six days for multiple sclerosis fundraising with the 2019 Ultra Relay Team.
117% Funded
  • $29,301.87 Donated
  • $25,000.00 Goal
  • 149 Donors

About the Campaign

Runner Story
When I was told I had multiple sclerosis on January 15th, 2016, I thought my life was over. But after a lot of research, finding a top-notch doc, connecting with some great MS mentors (some of which are MS Run the US alumni!), and chewing on the news a bit – I decided it wasn’t. I learned that in order to live my best life, I needed to live my healthiest life. Running and biking quickly became my one-two punch.

In January of 2017, to mark the anniversary of my diagnosis, I launched Fit15 — a year-long initiative of running and biking 1500 miles to raise $15K for MS research. By the end of the year, I had run and biked 3,030 miles and had raised $20,400. In 2018, my focus shifted to running the Boston Marathon with the Strides Against MS team. My goal was to raise $10,000 and to complete the marathon in less than four hours. Donations totaled $11,961 and I completed one of the rainiest, coldest and windiest “Bostons” in history in 03:56:15.

As a member of the MS Run the US Ultra Relay team, I plan to continue to exceed my goals and your expectations. We’ve got this disease on the ropes. I’m excited to do my part to put it way for good.

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.