MS Run the US, Inc. is dedicated to raising awareness and funds to support multiple sclerosis (MS) research, while also supporting those living with disability due to MS. Our running events focus on promoting a healthy lifestyle while inspiring individuals to maximize their capabilities and become more active to help those in need.
MS Run the US, Inc. Overview
MS Run the US, Inc. was founded in 2009 by Wisconsin native Ashley Schneider. 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, funds to further MS research, and to help those living with disability due to their MS symptoms. All donation proceeds support research and MS disability programs through The National MS Society.
The first MS Run the US, Inc. transcontinental crossing of America was in 2010. On March 22nd, 2010 Ashley Schneider 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 cross country run 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 ran through 10 pair of shoes, burned over 270,000 calories, and sustained an injury total of only two blisters.
In 2013, MS Run the US launched their annual Relay run across America for MS. The event started on April 15th, 2013 in Santa Monica, CA and was completed 3,100-miles and five months later in New York, NY on September 6th, 2013. The event engaged 15 runners from 10 different states and raised over $234,000 for the MS cause. Since then the MS Run the US Relay has continued as a yearly team event. Collectively since 2010 the event has run 17,796 miles across America and raised over $576,000 for the cause.