Help the Greater Omaha Area Trail-runners (G.O.A.T.z) support two of our very own runners, Laurie Halpenny and Jamie Plucker, as they participate in the MS Run the US 2014 Relay. Laurie and Jamie have been selected to run a one week segment each; Laurie in Nebraska, Jamie in Ohio.
The MS Run the US - 2014 Relay is a 3,000-mile relay across America to raise awareness and funds to help cure multiple sclerosis! The Relay begins on April 13th, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA and is completed on August 17th, 2014 in New York, NY. Sixteen runners have been selected to run, on average 170-miles over six consecutive days during their individually assigned segment. Each runner dedicates a week of running on the road with the Relay, while collectively the Relay spans a distance and duration of 3,000-miles in 4 months.
In addition to running over a marathon a day for six days, Laurie and Jamie have pledged to raise $10,000.00 each, and we want to help him reach that goal! 100% of the money raised from the treadmill challenge will go directly towards supporting Laurie and Jamie’s MS Run the US fundraising efforts.
We are holding an honors system 24 hour challenge on January 25, 7:00 a.m. - January 26, 7:00 a.m.. For only $15 you'll have the opportunity to support not only Laurie and Jamie, but also help raise funds that will go to the National MS Society in support of MS research and to assist those living with MS.
Dates: Saturday, January 25 to Sunday 26, 2014
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. CST
Location: In the Omaha area, come to Lifetime Fitness (17007 Elm Street). No need to be a member. Registered challengers will be admitted free for the duration of the challenge. Not in Omaha, find treadmill or road near you, choose your preferred activity.
Cost: Only $15 (100% of your registration goes to MS Run the US)
Duration: 24 hours or until you decide you’re done. Remember, this is a fundraiser. You are helping just by signing up!
To learn more about MS Run the US, check out their website at: http://www.msruntheus.com/
Local time: 9:50 PM
“Doin’ it for Daryl!!!” This was my motto last year while participating in a 24 hour fundraiser for MS Run the US Relay. While working for Easter Seals Nebraska, I had the privilege of working with several clients who were diagnosed with MS. I was inspired by their ability to overcome the adversity they faced often on a daily basis. This experience made me truly appreciate my life, health, friends and family. One client, who eventually became a friend, is Daryl Kucera. Daryl was diagnosed with MS one month after opening a gym. Rather than selling his business as he was told to do by his doctors, he persevered and made his dream a reality. Daryl has been an inspiration not only to me, but to countless others. A way for me to pay tribute to Daryl and the people I served, who struggle with the difficulties associated with this disease, is to simply put one foot in front of the other.
Because I can.
As a wife and mother of two busy boys, one who has special needs, running has brought me peace and strength during the most challenging of times. By participating in the 2014 MS Run The US Relay, I can use my love of running to raise awareness and to help fund research and find a cure.
I ran my first half marathon in 2012 because my husband promised to take me to Disneyworld to run in a RunDisney race if I did. I didn't really enjoy running at that time. I didn't consider myself a "real" runner. I would run by myself and always keep my head down so that I could avoid any kind of contact with any "real" runners. I ran off and on over the next several months but never really fell in love with it. In January 2013, I had the opportunity to participate in a 24-hour treadmill challenge to raise money for the MS Run the US relay. That is the night I found my passion for running and the running community! I have since completed four halves, three marathons and a 50K. This summer I had the opportunity to become active with the MS relay and got to know Ashley Kumlien, founder of MS Run the US. Throughout the summer I met so many people who lived with MS or had a family member affected by it. It was eye opening to realize that as a healthcare provider I knew so little about the disease. The more I learned the more I knew I wanted to do something to help find a cure for MS.