MS Run the US founder Ashley Kumlien
From April to September, 22 runners will team up to cross America on foot in the MS Run for the US 2013 Relay. Starting in Los Angeles and ending in New York, the inaugural event is broken down into 140-mile segments, and each runner will cover his or her segment in just six days. All of the money raised will support Multiple Sclerosis research, and there are still 10 running spots available.
So if one marathon left you begging for more here’s your chance to run six in a row. Each segment is the equivalent of running from Milwaukee to Lambeau Field – then running the length of Lambeau more than 450 times.
Sound impossible? Ashley Kumlien, founder of MS Run the US, a Brookfield-based non-profit, did the cross-country run in 2010 – by herself. Running on the 30th anniversary of her mother’s fight against MS, the Brookfield native ran nearly a marathon a day, six days a week, for six months. Her 3,288-mile journey from San Francisco to New York raised more than $56,000 in donations for MS research and made her just the 16th woman to run across America.
Need more motivation? Kumlien, who now lives in Delafield, burned a total of around 270,000 calories. That’s nearly 11,500 per 140 miles. And that’s a lot of cheese curds.
Applications can be filled out at msruntheus.com. One runner from the New Berlin area is already on the lineup.