What: The MS Run the US - 2014 Relay is a 3,000-mile relay across America to raise awareness and funds to help CURE multiple sclerosis (MS)! The Relay begins on April 13th, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA and is completed on August 10th, 2014 in New York, NY.
Sixteen (16) runners have been selected to run on average 170-miles over six consecutive days during their individually assigned segment. Each runner dedicates a week of running on the road with the Relay, while collectively the Relay spans a distance and duration of 3,000-miles in 4 months.
Bio Overview: running and music are my life. I spend my work days as a music therapist and my free time is spent running wherever my feet will take me. I started running back in middle school track and fell in love with distance as the rhythm of my feet took me away for the stress of school work, the practice room and on to a new path every day in college. I am known as the crazy runner out of my friends and I am 100% okay with that label. I love to feel the road underneath my feet. As for my music I graduated college with a degree in music therapy working with individuals with a wide spectrum of disabilities. I think I have one of the best jobs in the world. I get to sing, dance, and most of all make a difference everyday.
Location: Denver, CO
Twitter handle: krm917
Blog link: runningwithmyheart917.wordpress.com
Segment: Nephi-VernalUtah May 10-16th.
With just four simple words my life was changed..." I have Multiple Sclerosis". Those were the words my dad told me, I was scared, mad, frustrated, and most of all heartbroken. No one should ever have to go through life living with MS. My dad was the one who gave me the love for endurance sports taking me on my first century bike ride and helping me train and complete the a ride spanning three mountain passes in one day. During that ride I really wanted to quit, throw in the towel and be done. It was tough,I was tired and my legs were barely moving, but my dad kept saying "you've got this, just a little bit more!" That day he taught me to never give up, and now as a family we have a whole new "mountain pass " of a fight to endure. He is no longer the cyclist I once rode with, but we now face the reality that dad has a new 100%, sometimes it is walking a mile and other days it's an easy bike ride with his kids. One thing in all of this we know to be true those words he taught me...never give up... well he is doing the same with MS.
That is why I joined Ashley and the MS Run the US team, because I am not giving up hope on a cure. I am not going to let my dad give up and stop moving, and most of all I am going to run to show others that there is a way to fight! This event will be one of my biggest running challenges, in endurance and in heart. I will just have to remember to never give up! I run for my dad and for a cure!