VIRTUAL RELAY TEAM SIGN UP
Thank you for your interest in our new VIRTUAL Relay event!
Applications for the 2021 team are now OPEN!
Selection for the team is competitive and space is expected to be unusually limited due to the cancellation of our 2020 relay run amidst the coronavirus pandemic. We encourage you to apply early and join our Ambassador program to get connected with the organization right away!
Virtual Relay Runner Expectations
Format: If selected for the team, those applying to be a Virtual Relay Runner are committing to running 170 miles in 28 days, along with their teammates, between March 1st – 28th, 2021.
We are thrilled that you are taking this opportunity to learn more about our virtual relay run to STOP MS, as it truly is a unique fundraising event that we are very excited about! To help you better understand what to expect as a Virtual Relay Runner candidate we have compiled a rundown of responsibilities and benchmarks.
MS Run the US, Inc. is a charity organization founded by our Executive Director, Ashley Schneider. Through the support of sponsors and many generous donations, in 2010 Ashley ran 3,288 miles across America by herself in an effort to raise nationwide disease awareness, and funds to support MS research. Her efforts raised $56,000. The Virtual Relay is where YOU get the chance to experience the transformative power of running for a purpose. More importantly, this is your chance to be a unique part of the growing movement to end MS.
As stated, there are limited slots available for the Virtual Relay team each year. The event format offers only 19 runners a position on the team.
Those selected should expect a fun, challenging adventure. We’ll connect as a team over multiple mediums leading up to March 2021 to create a running event experience like no other!
Step 1: The Application
Anyone interested in taking the on the challenge of running approximately 170 miles in twenty-eight days while raising funds and awareness to stop MS should fill out an application. Once your application is received, the MS Run the US team will review it and notify you that they’ve received your application. You can expect to hear from us within two weeks from your application date. Phone interviews will be scheduled at that time with Ashley, our Executive Director. Team interviews will conclude as a whole in September. Following phone interviews and references checks, the organization will select the best candidate for the team by October 1st. Those selected for the Virtual Relay team will partner with us on fundraising, disease awareness, community involvement, and training efforts.
Step 2: Fundraising (deadlines & amounts)
Each Virtual Relay Runner is expected to raise a minimum of $3,000 net donation dollars by March 28th, 2021, the conclusion of the team’s virtual event.
[Note: Before you pass on this opportunity because of the challenging fundraising minimum know that many runners before you were also frightened by our ambitious fundraising goals, and many runners before you still applied, and many runners before you achieved & exceeded their fundraising minimum! We wouldn’t set that as the goal if we didn’t think it was possible & fair for what the experience offers in return. We also have an excellent fundraising system in place to guide you in this amazing fundraising journey. Carry on…]
With the guidance of the organization, you will develop your very own fundraising support team. We will coach you on the of use social media, organizing events and communication to spread the word about your involvement with the Virtual Relay Team and your fundraising goal. Virtual Relay Runners will start their fundraising efforts months before they actually run, and will continue fundraising and awareness efforts throughout the month of March.
Upon acceptance of the Virtual Relay Runner position in October, each runner must contribute via fundraising or personal donation to MS Run the US, Inc. $1,275 by December 31st of their participating year. Each team member will the amount of $1,275 by February 15th of their participating year. Then then final $450 by the end of their participating month. This fundraising requirement is in the best interest of each runner and our mission. Our experience from years prior tells us that it is significantly more difficult for a runner to fundraise after their event is complete. This is why we ask that 85% of the funds raised to be contributed prior to the start of the event.
The fundraising commitment schedule is as follows:
$1,275 – December 31st – Totaling $1,275
$1,275 – February 15th – Totaling $2,550
$450 – March 28th – Totaling $3,000
Step 3: Training
It’s expected that not everyone applying for this event will have experience running 170 miles in 28 days. In conjunction with our mission, the charity also strives to inspire others to live a healthy and active life style. For purposes of this event MS Run the US, Inc. will provide training trips, nutritional advice, and guidance from a group of running experts from within the organization, like Ashley, our Alumni runners, and our dedicated Road Crew.
Expect to begin a training program months prior to the event in March. Duration needed to train will vary on your current running base. Distance running experience is part of the selection criteria in our process of evaluating applicants.
Step 4: Running Your Miles
This is a team event with wiggle room for YOUR creativity in how you’d like to run your virtual miles. You can run the 6.07 miles needed per day to complete the total miles needed by March 28th. You could run only on weekends, racking up 42.5 miles each weekend until the end of the month. You could go crazy ultra style and run the miles in two or three large chunks. It’s up to you! How cool, huh?
The only thing we’ll ask each runner to do is to save at least a some miles to run on March 28th, 2021 so we can finish as a team. That’s doable, right?! Right. We thought so too!
What’s provided for each Virtual Relay Runner:
• A training program, and guided tips and suggestions for training.
• Nutritional guidance for endurance running.
• Fundraising advice and support.
• Featured Virtual Relay Runner page on msruntheus.org.
• Virtual Relay team gear.
•Inclusion into our private social media groups.
And an experience you will never forget!