Relay Runner for the MS Run The US - 2015 Relay
The MS Run the US-2015 Relay is a 3,000-mile relay across America to raise awareness and funds to help CURE multiple sclerosis (MS)! The Relay begins each year mid-April near Los Angeles, 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 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 18 segments total spanning from LA to New York, thus 18 runners on a Relay team. 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 3,100-miles over the duration of 4.5 months.
Public 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.
Location: Tracy, CA
Segment:#3 (Las Vegas, NV to Milford, UT from April 25th to May 5th) for 252 miles
My story: My love for running started back in high school (Tracy High) when I was forced to run during wreslting camp in San Diego during my summer break. So, I decided to join the cross-country team in the fall to be in shape for wrestling seaon in the winter. At that point, I was running to lose or maintain my weight.
Fast foward almost 20 years, I ran my first marathon back in SF of July 2011 after remembering a goal I had set for myself back in high school. So, when I went to sign up the next year for the same race, they had added an ultra-marathon option named "Worth the Hurt" where you had to sign up for one of the charaties. The only one I could personally get behind was Ashley's "MS Run the US" because of my Uncle Nick, who lives with MS.
These days, I still run to maintain my weight but I also run to stay in shape and manage stress levels for my job as a correctional officer at CHCF-Stockton (recently transferring from San Quentin). Not only do I run for myself but I run for my family, friends, and coworkers (to respond to alarms). Now I am running the relay for the second time (doing it last year) to continue the fight against MS.