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Wednesday, October 5th 2011

1:37 PM

The MS Run the US 2013 Relay

The daytime is getting shorter and somehow, within the blink of an eye, three running events that I was waiting for all summer have come and gone.  Time flies when you are busy, time flies when you are having fun; if that’s the case I’ve gotta start clearing my schedule and stop enjoying myself.

I’d love to sit and write about my experience at the 50-mile Bear Chase Race in Lakewood, Colorado, but the truth is there is just too much going on that also needs attention.  Plus, how much can you write about a 50-mile race beforethose posts get old quick?  To sum up my experience, if that is possible, I would say that I learned more about myself in those 10 hours, in the way of the ability to overcome pain and the desire to quit, then I have in the entirety of my existent.  Though I wouldn’t wish the experience on anyone else, I am deeply thankful for the amount I learned about my body and mind out there on those four 12.5-mile loops around Bear Lake Park.

Beside an amazing trip out West, I have been completely consumed by the wide array of other projects I have going on at once.  I am truly dedicated to my fitness business here in Wisconsin and am so happy to be waking up at 4:35am every morning with the opportunity to directly, positively influence women in my community.  It’s an awesome “job”; these ladies know that I need them just as much as they need me.  I can’t imagine starting my day any other way, and though I would never regret starting my own boot camp business, it does add to an already length list of things to do.

Coupled with my own personal running endeavors, the momentum of MS Run the US, Inc. continues to build exponentially.  Because this charity is my baby, I have nothing but love and passion for the time I spend working on the success of our mission; I could literally work on it’s projects for hours on end, which wouldn’t be a problem if I had nothing else going on and could live off of air.

This summer I received a huge blessing in the way of two individuals that are truly dedicated runners with a strong philanthropic desire committed to the MS Run mission.  Both of them are professional, smart, focused, determined, funny, and extremely good looking (can you tell I’m ass-kissing since they both read this blog? :) ).  All joking aside, I could not have asked for a more perfect fit for the charity’s need for an Operations Manager (Aaron Schneider) and PR Manager (Kristin Stelter).  Check and check!

Along side my two new MS Ninja’s (that’s what we call ourselves, cause we’re kicking MS’ butt…or trying to), we have steadily been making solid progress toward the organization of the MS Run the US 2013 Relay.  Because we are currently building the content for the website, there isn’t a lot of detailed information about the Relay yet, so…that is essentially what this blog is all about; filling in the gaps for now until the site is ready to go.

This is what we have so far:

The Concept

To create, plan, and execute America’s largest end-to-end relay across the country; running from Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY.

Though a few groups of individuals have gathered a team of runners to relay across the country as a whole, taking every runner the entire way, the MS Run Relay will be 23 individual segments.  Through a runner application process, individuals will bid for 6-day 145-mile segments, in which they will run with MS Run the US, stay a board the RV, and network to family and friends about MS awareness and fundraising.  If you’re bad at math, that’s just under a marathon per day for nearly a week. [**The mile/day segment figures are TENTATIVE and subject to change.**]

When

The Relay is set to run April to September of 2013, though specific start/finish dates have not been set; these details will be included in the new website launch come Jan/Feb 2012!!!

Who

Any runner will be available to apply for a Relay segment with priority going to those that can prove they are physically capable of running the distance AND fundraising for the effort.

So what the hell are you doing all of next year in 2012?

Yeah, okay, good question!  We are definitely NOT just sitting around twiddling our thumbs waiting for April of 2013.  With all of the planning, organizing, promoting, and expenses we need to plan for, we have more then enough work in front of us to fill the next 18 months.  Similarly to my run last year, all of the hard work was done in 2009 in order to allow my crossing even happen.  As I always like to joke, running 3,200 miles across the country is the easy part.

For now that’s about all of the details I’m going to put into one post.  On the admin side, I’m working daily with Aaron and Kristin to make this fundraising running dream happen, with the vision of inspiring, motivating, and educating a whole new wave of individuals about Multiple Sclerosis and why we need to end this disease once and for all!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned!

~Ash

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