Live reporting from the Challenge Walk

Written by on September 6, 2010 at 1:26 pm

You can experience the MS Challenge Walk virtually by following first-time walker Emily Kahm as she issues live updates from the trail all weekend via Twitter.

Those who participate in the MS Challenge Walk share the Cape Cod Rail Trail with 600 other walkers, but everyone's different walking speeds quickly break everyone up into smaller groups. As everyone spreads out, it's hard to know what's happening to those in front of or behind you, or to find out later what one person's experience was. Friends and family who are rooting for us from home have an even harder time vicariously experiencing the MS Challenge Walk.

This year, all these worries fly away when we report live from the MS Challenge Walk via Twitter. Throughout the weekend, first-time walker and MS Challenge Blogger Emily Kahm will be sending brief updates to the microblogging service under the screen name @MSChallengeWalk. It will be a fascinating opportunity to virtually walk alongside her and to watch someone's first MS Challenge Walk unfold in real-time.

Twitter logoIf your friends or family want to read Kahm's Twitter updates from their computer, tell them to come back to this site's home page on Friday, where we'll they'll find the latest ten tweets being automatically updated throughout the weekend. On-the-go readers can follow Kahm's updates by installing the free Twitter app on your iPhone or your BlackBerry. Other cell phones users can sign up for a free Twitter account and then enable mobile updates.

Although it's wise to have a cell phone with you on the trail in case of emergency, remember this rule: "Walkers may not wear earphones, headphones, or use radios or cellular phones while walking." That's why Kahm will be stepping off the trail or stopping at rest stops before pulling out her mobile device to post her latest update. If you want to read her tweets, please be safe and do the same.

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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