About the Campaign
I started running when I was 14 and immediately fell in love with pounding the pavement everyday. I have completed several marathons and various race distances. I am a physical therapist which brought me to meeting my friend, John Platt, who is a mobility impaired runner with MS. John is also on the board for MS Run the US and is very involved and active in the MS community. John and I bonded over running injuries and stories during his PT sessions until one day he asked me to run the Boston Marathon with him as his guide. From this moment it helped me realize my purpose in life and I decided to go back to school, again, to get my Masters in Adapted Physical Activity so I can create more adapted sports programming for individuals with disabilities. John has been a wonderful friend and a huge influence on my life and I am honored to be running 167 miles in support of him and his family.
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.