Relay Runner for the MS Run the US - 2015 Relay
What: 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 in April 2015 in Los Angeles, CA and is completed in August 2015 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.
I'm a 20 something just trying to leave my mark on this beautiful world ;) I can't call myself a runner, as the 2013 relay was the start and pause of my running career. However, I love a good challenge and helping to find a cure for MS with the MS Run the US team is a challenge like no other. This relay bridges the gap between words and actions and it is time once again to run over that bridge. Outside of running I play competitive volleyball, collect jars and I am a professional dream chaser.
Hometown: Barrington, IL
Location: MKE, WI
Segment #8: Denver, CO - Wray, CO
The emotionally charged experience I had as a part of the 2013 Relay team left me changed for the rest of my life - a greater sense of purpose and self belief. I have to admit the thought of running the relay again was always in the back of my mind, but I never pulled the trigger or even said that outloud to someone. Until one day, just chatting with Ashley (isn't that how things always happen with her?), I found myself saying "I would like to do it (the relay) again". Insert wide open eyes and jaws on the floor. From both of us.
That was a complete knee jerk response to hearing that a runner had to leave the team due to injury. I was almost as shocked as I think Ashley was. A few short days later I was back in training and planning my first fundraiser.
I certainly subscribe to the philosophy that things happen for a reason - but that "Freudian slip" I mentioned above was the final sign that it was my time to run again. It was my time to make a difference and help cure MS.
Not having any immediate family members affected by the disease I was initially motivated by Ashley and her passion, but through my involvement in the relay and my friendship with Ashley and so many other runners I have developed my own motivation. I run because others can't and because everyone should be have the ability to choose. To choose to run or not to run. To walk or not to crawl. No one deserves to have that human right taken away. I'm running to Cure MS and give that right back.