About the Campaign
I remember one day in seventh grade, the year I started running competitive track. My favorite science teacher missed class one day, and we ended up with a substitute. It wasn’t out of the ordinary, until her absence stretched from one day to two, from a week to a month. And when she finally came back, she told us she’d been diagnosed with MS. She was younger than 40 at the time. I didn’t even fully understand what MS was, but I remember feeling terrified for her. I went home and told my mom, and watched her face fall. I cried, confused and overwhelmed.
Fast forward over a decade, and my competitive running never stopped. I ended up a Division I track athlete at the University of Montana. But even there, MS still had an influence on the people around me. A close friend had a sister who battled MS every day, and it wasn’t just her fight. It was her entire family’s fight.
So when I discovered MS Run the US as a senior in college, I jumped at the chance to act as a member of the relay’s road crew for my last summer before jumping out into the real world. And how the tables have turned! I’ve gone from road crew to relay runner, from middle-distance track athlete (one who swore she’d never run anything longer than a half marathon) to training for a 162-mile, 6-day stretch across two of my favorite western states: Utah and Colorado. I’ve experienced a lot of physical pain through my competitive career, but it’s nothing compared to the pain that afflicts those with MS, their family and their friends. I’m so honored to be a part of this extraordinary team and to dedicate some of my miles to a cause so much larger than myself. Thank you for your support of me and of MS Run the US!
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.