Running to Beat Multiple Sclerosis


March is National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. Fundraising runs/walks are popular ways through which runners can help find the cure for this enigmatic affliction.

What Is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a condition in which the body’s immune system turns against the central nervous system. Inflammation caused by these episodes damages nerve cells and the surround soft tissue, blocking or altering messages sent from the brain to various parts of the body.

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, more than 947,000 Americans are afflicted with the disease. No one knows what causes MS, and symptoms vary widely from person to person — and can even change in scope and severity over time. Although there are several treatment options, scientists have yet to find a cure. That’s what makes funding ongoing MS research so crucial.

How Can Runners Help Fight Multiple Sclerosis?

As stated in the opening paragraph, participation in local runs and walks is a popular (and fun) way to raise funds for MS research. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society promotes dozens of fundraising events across the nation.

Since Athlete Guild and a good portion of this blog’s readership are based in South-Central Texas, here are a couple of upcoming MS race events in our area:

MS Walk San Antonio – Saturday, March 7, 2020

This Alamo City MS event features 1-mile and 3-mile courses.

MS Walk Corpus Christi – Saturday, March 21, 2020

Starts and ends at beautiful Heritage Park in Corpus Christi. One- and 3-mile courses available.

Not from South Texas? Visit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society website to find information and schedules for your local chapter. In addition to walks and runs, the MS Society promotes bike races, dinners and other fundraising events.


Finish MS®

Finish MS is a program through which motivated athletes can generate awareness and funding by participating in activities of their choosing. Finish MS registrants can take on the challenge of adding MS research fundraising to their own favorite activity such as biking, cycling or rock climbing. The Society provides digital tools for athletes to solicit for and track donations and to share their success (and MS awareness) on social media.

We already run for the love of the sport. Why not help make a difference and tackle some new challenges along the way?