MS Run the US, Inc. is dedicated to raising awareness and funds to support multiple sclerosis (MS) research while inspiring others to get involved in the fight against MS. Our running events focus on promoting a healthy lifestyle while inspiring individuals to maximize their capabilities and become active in their communities to help those in need.
MS Run the US, Inc. Overview
MS Run the US, Inc. was founded in 2009 by Wisconsin native Ashley Kumlien of Brookfield, Wisconsin. Inspired by her mother Jill Kumlien – who has lived with MS since 1980 – Ashley created MS Run the US, Inc., a 501(c)3 government approved charitable organization to raise national disease awareness and funds to further MS research. All donation proceeds support research through The National MS Society.
The first MS Run the US, Inc. transcontinental crossing of America was in 2010. On March 22nd, 2010 MS Run the US, Inc. Founder, Ashley Kumlien, began her 3,288-mile journey across America – on foot – from San Francisco, CA to New York, NY with only a motor home and one crew member. On September 28th, 2010, Ashley ran the final steps of her U.S. crossing to the finish in New York, NY surrounded by supporters, family, and friends.
During her journey, Ashley ran nearly a marathon a day, six days a week, for six months, while fundraising for the MS cause. The event raised thousands of dollars and rallied thousands of supporters around the MS cause. Upon completion, Ashley became the 16th female to ever run across America. During the six months Ashley wore through 9.5 pair of shoes, burned over 270,000 calories, and sustained an injury total of only two blisters.