Justine Calcagno

I'll be running in Washington D.C. in honor of folks living with MS and to STOP MS with the 2020 VIRTUAL Relay Team.
83% Funded
  • $8,260.00 Donated
  • $10,000.00 Goal
  • 69 Donors

About the Campaign

Runner Story 

My multiple sclerosis (MS) started in 2015 and I was diagnosed and started treatment in early 2016. I was a runner before that, however at that time my fitness and health declined dramatically. I went from long distance running to struggling to walk-run one or two miles because of fatigue, pain, balance issues, along with a list of other painful and disabling symptoms. As I worked to recover my fitness, 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 seeking to raise over $10,000 for MS Run the US as an Ultra Relay team member – to fund aid for people living with multiple sclerosis. While I can run with MS, most folks living with MS deal with mobility issues and disability. With this campaign, I hope I can make a difference.

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 seeks to fundraise over $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.