A trove of tweets

Written by on September 21, 2010 at 11:27 am

Over the course of the three days of the MS Challenge Walk 2010, Challenge Blogger Emily Kahm reported live via the microblogging service Twitter. By using her cell phone, she could send brief messages about what she was seeing, doing, or feeling to the Internet, where anyone could read them. She told her family about this opportunity before the event, allowing them and anyone else interested to follow her first experience of the MS Challenge Walk as it was happening. This story could be read in real-time, for free and without registration, either on Twitter or here on the blog.

To reflect on the record of tweets Kahm wrote, I've compiled her 40 messages, each fewer than 140 characters, here in chronological order. (Other Twitter users are listed at the bottom of this post.)

  • Almost packed, almost ready to get going-let's get this walk started! Sep. 10, 2010 2:12 PM
  • Defeated the traffic heading towards the Cape-on the bus and headed out! What a pretty area! Sep. 10, 2010 5:01 PM
  • Just checked in-got a green sticker, which the volunteer assured me would get me lots of hugs-apparently people love first timers! Sep. 10, 2010 6:02 PM
  • Just met Wendy, a fellow blogger, of team Walk With Wendy. She mentioned there being an ice cream truck on the route-I'll be looking for it! Sep. 10, 2010 6:09 PM
  • Omg SO MUCH FOOD. Chocolate milkshakes=ultimate pre-walk drink. Sep. 10, 2010 6:38 PM
  • Mama Hen made her appearance on stage-nothing like a grown woman in a chicken suit to get us raring for a 20 mile Saturday! Sep. 10, 2010 8:12 PM
  • So that med tent is seriously well stocked-I didn't know there were so many ways to treat blisters, but I'll probably be thankful tomorrow! Sep. 10, 2010 8:43 PM
  • 6:20am, honking horn, U2 blaring…there are worse ways to wake up. Sep. 11, 2010 6:29 AM
  • Quite the energetic breakfast crew! Lots of people eating considering wake-up call was 10 minutes ago. But why would they serve decaf here? Sep. 11, 2010 6:57 AM
  • @kgagne is off to join bike crew, Im waiting to represent MO in the state flag parade…seems like a good time to stretch! Sep. 11, 2010 7:52 AM
  • No MO flag for me :-( Maybe next year? Sep. 11, 2010 8:17 AM
  • Walking with Jennifer of EMD Serono-already gone almost 4 miles? Not sure how that happened! Sep. 11, 2010 10:01 AM
  • Maybe around 6 miles…body is fine but feet are unhappy. Where is that next rest stop? Sep. 11, 2010 11:03 AM
  • 6.6 mile marker! The next rest stop really WAS just around the corner! Sep. 11, 2010 11:10 AM
  • Free ice cream at 7.5 miles!!! Thank you hyannis ice cream! And the next stop is lunch :-) Sep. 11, 2010 11:38 AM
  • Going to the beach to hit the turnaround before getting lunch…so…where's the beach? Sep. 11, 2010 12:39 PM
  • Taking tight shoes off swollen feet…didn't know anything could feel that satisfying! Sep. 11, 2010 1:27 PM
  • One of the last to leave lunch-surprise surprise. But the feet are feeling better after a stop in the med tent! Sep. 11, 2010 1:57 PM
  • After a 1/2 hour of solitary walking, finally spotted another walker! How far back from the pack am I?! Sep. 11, 2010 2:25 PM
  • Just passed the Gilligans Island rest stop. Got some gatorade from a rather manly Ginger. 6.4 miles to go! Sep. 11, 2010 2:49 PM
  • 2nd stop at the med tents complete. 3 brand new blisters i've earned! Thank goodness the finish line is only 4 more miles. Sep. 11, 2010 3:45 PM
  • Still a couple miles out…Id go for the sprint to the finish if I didn't think my feet would fall off. Hope @kgagne reserved me a massage! Sep. 11, 2010 4:22 PM
  • OMG IM DONE. And here 10 minutes before my massage. Shoes come OFF! Sep. 11, 2010 5:20 PM
  • God bless the med tent! Watching the slideshow now :-) Sep. 11, 2010 7:18 PM
  • BUSY MORNING. Wake up call @ 5:30, headed straight to breakfast, then to the med tent to get some blisters drained and bandaged. Sep. 12, 2010 7:12 AM
  • Then came back to pack, and discovered my cabin mates had done the lions share of the cleaning…now off to the starting line! Sep. 12, 2010 7:13 AM
  • Yet another med tent visit, now at the 2nd rest stop…and they have DUNKIN!! Sep. 12, 2010 9:04 AM
  • Just had the same EMT at the rest stop that i had last night! Here's to hoping thats the last of my new blisters. Sep. 12, 2010 9:45 AM
  • Never thought Id be so grateful to see a sidewalk! Been some traffic on the roads, so now we don't have to dodge cars anymore! Sep. 12, 2010 10:35 AM
  • Last rest stop! @Rossiwheels, Jojoba, Cocktails for a Cure-lots of teams hanging out here. 1.75 miles-even with throbbing feet, it's doable. Sep. 12, 2010 10:54 AM
  • In the home stretch! We've got a support vehicle cruising beside us blaring Beat It :-) Sep. 12, 2010 11:26 AM
  • At the middle school!!! No more massages, but I got to use a real bathroom and have donned my blue shirt. Now…food!!! Sep. 12, 2010 12:08 PM
  • Last walkers coming in now! Welcome to the party, Sarahs Sponsors! Soon we'll be taking off for the finish line-on a trolley! Sep. 12, 2010 12:24 PM
  • Lots of blue shirts here…the people who have MS are a small group compared to all the people who care about them! Sep. 12, 2010 12:33 PM
  • On the trolley with Gordons Team, Walk With Wendy, Jojoba, Mashpokha, and my one MSChief Maker teammate @kgagne! Job well done, everybody! Sep. 12, 2010 1:06 PM
  • Almost fell asleep on the trolley…just waiting at the stop. Come on, someone give us the go ahead to get to the finish line! Sep. 12, 2010 1:37 PM
  • And………FINISH! Sep. 12, 2010 1:47 PM
  • Jumped up to touch the finish sign…not a great idea when your feet are this sore! :-) Sep. 12, 2010 1:48 PM
  • All done! Hope to be back to do it all again next year-but with one more day and 20 more miles. They claim it doesn't hurt that much worse. Sep. 12, 2010 2:11 PM
  • Like the General says, the important thing is that we decided to do something. And once MS is history, we'll just find another cause. Sep. 12, 2010 2:13 PM

Other folks who were tweeting over the weekend included Chris Cullinan, Gregory Kulowiec, Aaron Cunningham, Heidi Dyer, Lindsay, Jodi Dwyer, Brian Rossi, and Todd Krohne. If you're on Twitter, be sure to follow them!

Ken joined the MS Challenge Walk in 2005, more than a decade after his mother was diagnosed. After walking for three years and 150 miles, he switched to the support crew and now rides his bicycle along the trail, providing whatever encouragement (and snacks!) he can to the 600 walkers. He is also an alumnus of the event's steering committee and is this site's webmaster.

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