Personal Challenge

Coming into the finish line for the 2015 run
Coming into the finish line for the 2015 run

Really Long Run to End MS

The second annual "Really Long Run to End MS" will be taking place on Saturday May 14th, 2016. The event last year raised over $23,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and I'm hoping we will eclipse that amount this year.

The event is a 80km ultra marathon between Leduc and Camrose. The route is the day 1 route from the Johnson MS Bike. I'll be running the whole distance with Chris Tse from Blitz Conditioning. Last year it took 12 and a half hours to complete the course; my hope is that I'll be able to shave some time off this year.

I was diagnosed with MS in early 2007 after a severe attack in November of 2006. Running has become part of my fight.

Last year we had around 25 support runners who ran various distances along the way. Some people ran 5k, some 10k, and some more than 20! My neurologist ran about 40km by the time the day was over. There are already 3 MS warriors who have said they will run part of the way!

As a result of creating and promoting the 2015 run, I was featured on Global TV (twice), CTV (twice), and there were numerous stories written in local newspapers. There were also live interviews on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED, the Jason Gregor Show on the TSN 1260, and CISN Country.

The run also lead to an award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (2015 Health Award) and an award from the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

Other than media and national associations, I promote the run via social media (@OwnMsDotCom1 on Twitter) and Facebook. I also host a monthly podcast, “YEG MS,” through my personal website ownmultiplesclerosis.com. The podcast was recently named one of the top MS podcasts of 2015 by healthline.com. 

If you would like to learn more you can visit the Really Long Run to End MS Facebook page or visit ownmultiplesclerosis.com. If you would like to join the team for the 2016 run on May 14th, click "Join Now" on the left!

Local News Features about the 2015 Really Long Run (copy and paste link into your browser)

Really Long Run Live on Global Weekend News (http://globalnews.ca/video/2003169/running-from-leduc-to-camrose-to-raise-money-for-ms-research)

Appeared on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED (http://www.630ched.com/the-ryan-jespersen-show/)

Feature on CTV News' "On Your Street" segment (http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=596157&binId=1.1717076&playlistPageNum=1/)

Feature on Global Evening News (http://globalnews.ca/video/1981718/going-the-distance-for-ms-research)

Article in the St. Albert Gazette (http://www.stalbertgazette.com/article/20150502/SAG0801/305029966/-1/sag)

Article in Metro News (http://www.metronews.ca/news/edmonton/2015/04/23/edmonton-dad-hits-the-pavement-to-raise-money-for-multiple-sclerosis.html)

 

You can also reach out to me directly at sean@ownmultiplesclerosis.com. 

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