About the Campaign
My multiple sclerosis (MS) started in 2015 and I was diagnosed and started treatment in early 2016. I was a runner and athletic before that, and at that time my fitness and health declined dramatically. I went from easily running half marathons and pushing longer distances (at pretty quick paces!) to struggling to walk-run one or two miles. My legs and feet were numb and painful, as if I’d fallen asleep on them. I had extreme back and shoulder pain. My gait and balance were off. My hands spasmed in pain intermittently. I was very fatigued and weak. As I worked to recover whatever fitness I could, the changes MS caused in my physical and mental abilities (good and bad) meant I was able to become a different kind of runner, and running an ultra became my goal. Now, I’m working to raise $10,000 for MS Run the US as an Ultra Relay team member – to fund aid for people living with multiple sclerosis.
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.
The Ultra Relay Template Email!
Want to invite family and friends to donate? Here is an email you can send them — and feel free to make it your own!
“My [friend], Justine, is running 178 miles in 7 days in honor of people living with MS and to stop MS, with the MS Run the US’s ultra relay team. She is also committed to raising $10,000 for MS Run the US, to fund aid to people living with MS, awareness programs, and research on MS. Justine herself was diagnosed in 2016 with MS, and now focuses on raising awareness about MS and running. You can see more about her story and journey on her Instagram page.
If you are able to and inclined, please consider donating to her efforts: https://www.msruntheus.org/campaigns/justine-calcagno-segment-8/?updated=1
You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about multiple sclerosis or specifics on what the fundraising goes toward. She loves talking to people about MS and raising awareness and knowledge.