About the Campaign
I have an amazing grandmother (Betty) who I have looked up to as the strongest glue that holds our family together. Grandma has had an incredibly challenging year losing her best friend, my Grandpa John, to cancer. Over the course of a few deeply challenging months, she kept unbelievably strong so that Grandpa could have magical, joyful, and loving last days, which she provided and then some. But, for her, this time also meant lots of sitting, which is painful for her MS, and ignoring her own needs in order to fully serve her family. Yet, never ONCE would we ever hear a peep of complaint out of Grandma regarding any form of discomfort. I want to do something that would celebrate Grandma and highlight her as the superwoman she is in her devoted and beautiful acts of love to our family, so I applied to be a Relay Runner in her honour. And I am here, about to do it, in just a few short months! And I couldn’t me more thrilled to carry the torch for such an amazing, strong, bold, and giving woman like Grandma Betty.
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.