As you may know, running is a very important aspect of my life. It has been with me through some really great times. Some very low times too. Running has been my comforter. Running has been my muse. Running is my therapy.
Over the years, I have run races from 1 mile up to 50 miles, and every distance in between. I have had fun competing in over 40 marathons and ultra-marathons. Even with all that running, one thing I have yet to do. To run for a cause.
Last December I came across an article on a relay event that raises money for multiple sclerosis (MS) research and education. Non-profit MS Run the US, Inc. was looking for runners to run various segments of their Los Angeles to New York relay. The MS Run the US – 2013 Relay will begin in Los Angeles, CA on April 15th, 2013 and finish in New York, NY on September 6th, 2013. Twenty runners were selected to each run the equivalent of a marathon per day for six days during their assigned segment. The Relay’s goal is to raise $500,000 to help cure multiple sclerosis. For more information check out: www.msruntheus.com.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research and education are causes I can get into due to the number of people in my own community that are fighting this disease. Yes, the Pacific Northwest and other northern states have a very high percentage of people diagnosed with MS. We need to change that.
On May 23, 2013 in Vernal, Utah I begin my run to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. A distance totaling 164 miles. I will have seven days to complete the journey. That’s 23.5 miles per day. A marathon is 26.2 miles long.
For most people, running one marathon is hard to understand. Running back to back marathons for 7 days might seem to be insane. My training plan is to spend as much time running so that my body will be use to long periods of being on my feet. For support, I will be aided by staff members of MS Run the US.
Still, I can’t do this without your help. Each runner needs to raise $10,000 or more. One-hundred percent of public donations go towards research to support the search for a cure for MS. No donations will go towards the actual management of the relay, which is supported by non-profit sponsorships and private funding.
You can help by giving per mile for each mile of my 164 mile segment. This works out to:
- One dollar is $164.
- Two dollars is $328.
- Five dollars is $820
- Ten dollars is $1,640.
Another way is to give a dollar for every training mile I will run, which will be close to 1,000.
What ever you can give, the gift will be appreciated and make a difference for so many people.
To donate visit this web site: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/msruntheus/clarkgilbert or contact me directly.
I am happy to answer any questions you might have, please email me at clarkgilbert(at)rockisland(dot)com.
You can check out my running progress by visiting: www.runhappyrunhard.com.
Thanks so much for your support.