The MS Run the US – Relay is an annual 3,100-mile relay run across America for the MS cause.
The Relay begins each year mid-April near Los Angeles, CA and finishes mid-August in New York, NY. To participate, each runner commits to running 160-miles over 6 consecutive days during his or her assigned Relay segment. There are 18 segments total spanning from LA to New York, thus 18 runners on the Relay team. Once selected, each runner spends months training and fundraising as they prepare to devote one week on the road with the nonprofit while completing their segment’s miles. Donations are given to fund research for a cure through the National MS Society and the Center Without Walls, and to assist those living with disability from MS.
This year I will be running segment 6 from Vernal, UT to Steamboat Springs, CO. 166 miles in 6 days! http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/410043152
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. If you would like to send a check, please email me for details. Thank you for taking time out of your day to read this. I hope you will join me in being the difference.
Location: Omaha, NE
Family: John (my husband and biggest supporter), Luke (5), and Piper (3)
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My Runner Story:
I grew up playing sports but HATED running. After college, an amazing thing happened, I no longer HAD to run, and I began to love it. I lived in beautiful places such as the Bahamas, San Diego, Huntington Beach, and Colorado, and what better way to see it than to run it.
My brother was diagnosed with MS at the age of 19 and progressed quickly. Growing up, he was my hero; smart, athletic, and an all-around nice guy. It was horrible to see the progression of the disease every time I came home and it wasn’t long before he was in a wheelchair. From that point on, I ran for him as he could no longer run for himself.
In 2005, I began to have numbness in my thumb for a couple of weeks at a time. I was playing a lot of volleyball, so I chalked it up to a sports injury. Then, it spread all the way across my hand. I knew then what it was, and tests quickly confirmed it. At 28 years old, I was diagnosed with MS as well. My outlook on life changed. I decided I can sit in wallow in the diagnosis and wait to be in a wheelchair like my brother, or I can fight tooth and nail for every step and live life to the fullest every day.
I chose the second option. I often say being diagnosed is the best thing that could have happened to me. I began to work to live, and not live to work. I don’t let little things get me down, because I know things could be worse… I see that worst case scenario when I see my brother. I have continued running further and further since being diagnosed to push my body and keep it at the highest level of strength I can. I have amazing support from my husband, kids, and friends that has allowed me to run half marathons and do triathlons. This is my next challenge. I refuse to give in to MS and I need your help to fight this disease!