Really Long Run to End Ms (May 23rd 2015; Leduc to Camrose)
On Remembrance Day of 2006 I was at work. During the day my entire right side went numb and I was off to the hospital; I was worried I had stroke. Instead of a stroke I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
As part of my recovery I began running. I started by simply challenging myself to walk around the block. The walks turned into to short runs and over time longer distances. In the spring of 2009 I ran my first half marathon. I ran another that fall and again in the spiring of 2010. Running has become part of my fight against the disease.
While I run I have crazy day dreams. One of the recurring dreams was running around North America to raise awareness. When I expressed the idea to my wife she expressed concern about spending a few years following me in a van around the continent with our two young children (currently 3-1/2 & 1-1/2). Obviously, that wasn’t going to work. We ride in the MS Bike from Leduc to Camrose every spring along with my mother and father. During the conversation the idea was put forth of running the distance instead of riding.
Through research and consult with the MS Society, family, and doctors what has emerged is a single day run from Leduc to Camrose two weekends prior to the MS Bike. I will run the distance in a single day (roughly 85 km). The date is Saturday May 23rd, 2015. I hope to run the distance in 12 hours, though it may take longer.
My plan is to run in increments of 45 minutes followed by a 1k walk. I am currently training 5 days a week and plan on dropping my current 240lbs frame down to 215lbs for the event. If I hit my target weight it will be the lightest I have been since the time I was 15 years old.
I will have people along with me for the run. Some old friends from highschool have agreed to run a portion of with me. I have also challenged a few people to run various distances. If you are interested in running any portion of the route, or interested in volunteering, please contact me (contact info below).
I have set a pretty lofty goal of $20,000 in fundraising. The way I look at it is this: I live with MS everyday and I’m willing to put my body on the line and run for 12 hours straight, is a sponsorship of $1,667 an hour to much to ask to raise funds for the MS Society? I don’t think it is.
Please support this event in anyway you can as the money will go to improve the lives of thousands of people living with this horrible disease. Many of these people have trouble walking let alone running.
I’m one of the lucky ones.
If you have questions, comments, or would like to volunteer, I can be reached anytime at seanwingrave"AT"mac.com (substitute the "AT" for an @).
I will also be keeping a blog of my training at http://www.ownmultiplesclerosis.com
You can follow me on Twitter at @OwnMsDotCom1 (https://twitter.com/OwnMsDotCom1)
You can view the event Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LongRunToEndMS
If you want to "friend" me on Facebook, just search "Sean Wingrave"
Article in Metro Edmonoton:
TV Interview on CTV Edmonton News' "On Your Street":
Appeared on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED on Monday, April 27th, 2015:
St. Albert Gazette, May 2nd, 2015:
On Global News Edmonton, May 4th 2015
Live on Global Weekend Morning News Edmonton, Sunday May 17th, 2015
Can you imagine…
Having multiple sclerosis means that one morning you may not be able to walk when you wake up. Or that you may suddenly have impaired vision. Or that your memory will fail you for no apparent reason. The symptoms of MS are many and vary for everyone. It’s estimated that approximately 55,000-75,000 men and women in Canada have the disease, and every day about three more people are diagnosed.
…a future without MS
I’ve created my own fundraising event to help the MS Society fund research, advocate for change, and help people with MS and their families. The MS Society is the only national voluntary organization in Canada that supports both MS research and services. Proceeds from this event and others like it provide support and services to help those living with this disease, their families and caregivers. They also fund research with three primary goals: to find a cause and cure for MS, repair nervous system damage caused by MS and stop MS attacks. By supporting me, you too can make a difference in the life of someone with multiple sclerosis.
I am part of Do It Yourself MS Fundraising because I believe in a future without multiple sclerosis – and with your help we can get there. Please give generously.
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