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MS Challenge Walk Cape Cod 2013 dates

Written by on September 18, 2012 at 9:00 am

Dear MS Challenge Walk Participants,

In celebration of the Rosh Hashanah holiday, which coincides with the 2013 MS Challenge Walk, the Greater New England Chapter is adjusting the route to offer both a two days and 50 kilometers option, Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8, and a three-day option, starting Friday morning, September 6, from the Hyannis Village Green, with a Thursday evening early check-in reception at the Cape Codder Hotel.

We will have two starting ceremonies, one on Friday, September 6 and one on Saturday, September 8.

Rosh Hashanah, the first of the Jewish High Holidays, begins at sundown on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, and ends at sundown, Friday, Sept. 6.

Early arrivals will be received at the Cape Cod Sea Camps Friday evening, Sept. 6. The formal start will take place at the Sea Camps, Saturday morning.

We are very pleased that this temporary change allows the MS Challenge Walk to take place the first weekend after Labor Day, which has been its routine position on the calendar.

The fundraising minimum for the MS Challenge Walk remains $1,500, and participants will continue to receive the support they need to reach their fundraising goal.

A detailed schedule will be published in the Challenge Guide well in advance of September 2013.

We hope you will join us again for the 2013 MS Challenge Walk, September 7 and 8.

This change in distance and days is only for the 2013 season. We look forward to returning to the three-day format in 2014.

Thank you for your understanding of this important change. See you on the Cape in 2013 for a spectacular MS Challenge Walk!

MS Challenge Walk Staff
Greater New England Chapter,
National MS Society

Lori is the Executive Vice President of Resource Development for the Greater New England Chapter of the National MS Society. She has been with the Society for over 10 years. MS Challenge Walk holds a special place in her heart, and every year, it inspires her to continue her work on behalf of the 19,000 people with MS and their families the chapter supports.

Glass half full

Written by on February 1, 2010 at 10:34 am

I was surprised when I went to enter the dates for the Challenge Walk 2010 into my calendar. Rosh Hashanah, one of the two most important holidays in the Jewish religion, overlapped with the walk. How would I handle this? How could I decide between an important religious holiday and something as important to me as the Challenge Walk?

Fortunately, the National MS Society recognized the conflict and chose not to put its supporters in the position I briefly found myself in. I am incredibly thankful that the NMSS took steps to eliminate that very difficult choice by shortening the event to a two-day walk for this one year.

But to walk 31 miles instead of 50 miles? How disappointing, I thought — for a few hours.

Just as I wouldn't choose to have MS, having MS has taught me to approach life differently and to look for the opportunities hidden within the challenges. ¬†As disappointing as it will be to walk two days and 31 miles, instead of three days and 50 miles, 2010 is presenting us with an incredible opportunity. I have heard people say that they could never walk 50 miles — it's just too long. Have you heard the same thing? Well, here is a chance for those who do not believe they can walk the 50 miles to walk a more manageable 31 miles. And when they walk those 31 miles, they'll find that participating in the Challenge Walk is such an amazing experience that they will walk the 50 mile route the following year.

This is your chance. Pull in all those people who balked at the 50-mile distance. Turn them into rookie Challenge Walkers, and watch them return year after year.

Susan lives in the greater Boston area and has been involved with the National MS Society since she was diagnosed with MS in 1995. She has participated in the MS Challenge walk for the past seven years and currently serves on the event's steering committee.