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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.

Training for those 50 miles

Written by on May 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm

If you live in Massachusetts like I do, the snow has cleared and it's time to start thinking about your walking program. Here are some motivational tips and information to help get you going.

To train correctly for this event, you need to progress slowly and listen to your body at all times. First, begin by adjusting the frequency of your walking: we have several training schedules available to help you build up your regularity. Then slowly increase the time spent walking, and then the speed, or intensity. Through it all, remember the essential steps of a good walking program are to warm-up, walk, cool-down, stretching and strength training.

Here are some other positive aspects and techniques to keep in mind:

Five Good Reasons to Start Walking (besides the MS Challenge Walk)

  1. Reduces cholesterol levels
  2. Decrease high blood pressure
  3. Reduces risk of heart disease
  4. Increase energy
  5. Decreases stress

Five Ways to Incorporate Walking into Your Daily Life

  1. Walk your dog (or someone else's dog — with permission, of course!)
  2. Take a pre- or post-dinner walk. This is a great time to just be by yourself or take along your family for some quality time with them!
  3. Skip the elevator and take the stairs
  4. Do errands on foot, or park in the rear of the parking lot and walk to the store
  5. Walk to work — even if you telecommute, take a half-hour each morning to do a lap around the neighborhood, ending at your "office"

Five Steps to Take to be Successful

  1. Make a commitment to yourself
  2. Reserve time in your schedule
  3. Create a habit first
  4. Establish your long and short term goals
  5. Reward yourself when you meet your goals (a new bestseller, tickets to a concert or play, etc)

It's time to dust off those sneakers (if you haven't already) and get moving!

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.

Exploring the Challenge and getting involved

Written by on May 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm

The NMSS is going to start having regularly scheduled "Explore the Challenge" meetings to empower all 2011 Challenge Walk participants' fitness and fundraising abilities! These meetings provide newcomers the opportunity to learn more about fundraising and training opportunities and expectations involved with this annual tradition, and for veterans to get new ideas and to welcome potential first-time walkers.

The first of these meetings will be held at our flagship office at 101 First Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA on May 5 and 19 at 6 PM. Look for these and future meetings on this site's event calendar.

Also, we're asking that anyone who is passionate about making this tenth anniversary Walk MS: Cape Cod Challenge Walk a success to please contact me. We want to work with anyone who would be willing to place event brochures and posters in their neighborhoods or workplaces — the more people who get involved in this meaningful event, the closer we are to finding a cure!

Enjoy this beautiful New England spring!

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.

Let's make it happen!

Written by on April 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I am so excited to work with the many friends I have made over the years as well as begin to build new relationships with those that are embarking on this incredible journey for the first time! As we embark on our tenth year of the MS Challenge Walk Cape Cod, we will come together to celebrate how much of an impact we have had on those we have touched over time.

We have lots of work to do before we get to that finish line in September, and I am looking forward to working with everyone to make this year the most successful event ever.

For the time being, I urge everyone to get involved, stay motivated, and keep your focus! If you're not doing it already, start training for this undertaking — you can start by doing something as simple as walking about 30 minutes a day. Stay on top of your fundraising: engage your family, friends, and co-workers. And most important — get excited!

Please don't hesitate to reach out and contact me at any time regarding your questions or concerns. I'm looking forward to working with you all in the coming months to make this year's Challenge Walk an unparalleled success!

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.