Krista Ledbetter: MS Run the US 2016 Team


MS Run the US - 2016 Relay

Los Angeles, California

Krista Ledbetter: MS Run the US 2016 Team

Relay Runner for the MS Run the US - 2016 Relay

WHATThe MS Run the US - 2016 Relay is a 3,000-mile relay across America to raise awareness and funds to help CURE Multiple Sclerosis (MS)! The Relay begins in April 2016 in Los Angeles, California, and is completed in August 2016 in New York, New York.

Eighteen (18) runners have been selected to run on average 160-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 four months.

BIO OVERVIEWWell, here we are. Just 34-year-old me and my plan to run 165 miles in six days after raising more money than I've ever collectively had in my possession at one time. You know which is scarier? Raising 10,000 dollars. Know what's scarier than that? Living with MS. Ask those around you who are affected by it. But I believe I can run 165 miles. I believe I can raise $10,000. And I believe we can make an ounce of difference that will spark, ignite and engulf the world with change. That is not scary. It's wonderful.

Location: Bend, Ore.

Hometown: Beloit, Wis.

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SEGMENT: 6: Vernal, Utah, to Steamboat Springs, Colorado: 165.8 miles


I've been a runner since I was a kid.

Running because of gym class, running because my coach told me to, running because I wanted to be faster, running because I had a goal, running because I wanted to explore.

Running because... me. 

I've run thousands and thousands of miles in my life, but the most memorable moments are from miles that aren't for me. Crossing the finish line by my best friend's side as she finished her very first half marathon. Running in solidarity with the Boston Strong movement. Running in memory of those who lost their fights with cancer.

If I can use my ability and passion for running to better the cause, moment, situation, or even day of another, why wouldn't I try? Because it's hard? Because I'll be uncomfortable? Because, like everything, there is a risk of failure?

I don't accept those reasons.

I don't have MS. My parents don't have MS. Neither does my sister, or my best friends. But what better way to overcome the hard, get uncomfortable and take a risk? Most importantly, what better way to make a change, make a difference, and change a life?

Supporting the fight against MS won't just change the life of those affected by it. This challenge will change my life and challenge my life in a brand new way. So, in a roundabout way, this, too, is because of me. 


But it's about me in the best possible way. It is me that wants to make a difference.

I am only one. But one can make a difference. Help me do that.

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