Wilmien Blake – Segment 15

I will be running 141 miles in 5 days in honor of all those affected by MS and to STOP MS with the 2020 Ultra Relay Team.
70% Funded
  • $6,964.00 Donated
  • $10,000.00 Goal
  • 83 Donors

About the Campaign

Runner Story 

In December, 2013, I was diagnosed with MS. I had experienced a rapid onset of symptoms which progressed from tingling in one arm to complete numbness on the right side of my body. At the time, I was already a seasoned runner. Running prepared my body to be strong and healthy to fight MS, and has continued to keep me strong since.

Following my diagnosis, I felt the need to keep pushing myself further and testing my limits, eventually branching out into ultra-distances. I decided that if MS was going to be a passenger in my life then I’m going to give it one hell of a ride! I’ve been very lucky with receiving an early diagnosis and access to an incredible team of doctors, and am grateful for this opportunity to give back.

Today MS has virtually no impact on my daily life, but I realize that every run could be my last, so I endeavor to make the most of this ability. There are so many who are not as lucky as I am, and I feel that we have a responsibility to live every day like we mean it. I will run for as long as my body can endure and my mind can motivate. I run for those who can no longer run, and I am so inspired to join this team of incredible athletes to raise funds and awareness for MS. See you on the road!

 

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 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. 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.