About the Campaign
I am so excited to be a part of the 2020 Ultra Relay Team! What makes it even more special for me is that I’ll be running from Lincoln, Nebraska, where I went to college, to Des Moines, Iowa where I grew up. Along the way, I’ll be going through Omaha where my family lives. I wanted to be a part of this event in honor of my oldest sister, Nikki. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in college and has been living with it for over twenty years. She truly amazes me. I’ve never heard her complain once about her illness, and she maintains such a positive attitude about everything. She inspired me be a part of this relay to raise awareness about MS with the goal of finding a cure for her and everyone else living with this disease. I’ve run multiple half-marathons and three marathons to date, but this will by far be my biggest running challenge. I am so happy to be able to run for Nikki.
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 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 six 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 4.5 months.