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Travel guide, packing tips, and Friday arrival

Written by on Sep 8, 2010

Every walker and crew member should have received in the mail this year's Travel & Information Guide. This document contains directions, schedules, packing lists, and safety tips for the MS Challenge Walk weekend. You can also find it online and in color for easy reference.

One of our bloggers has her own recommended packing list which includes all-weather gear. We're hoping that Hurricane Earl ruining our Labor Day weekend will mean beautiful weather the following — rain two weekends in a row just wouldn't be fair! But the MS Challenge Walk was held in a hurricane in 2008, and we got some rain in 2009 as well. So remember when packing to prepare for rain, just in case!

Once you're packed and ready to hit the Cape, what's next? Our schedule this year is a bit different from usual. You'll be driving to Kalmus Park Beach in Barnstable Town as always. From there, buses are running every hour on the hour 3–8 PM on Friday to take you to the Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster, where you're invited to join us for the Friday night pre-walk party. (This is in place of our annual social at the Cape Codder hotel.) On Saturday, you'll walk out and back to the camps, and on Sunday, you'll walk to the Wixon Middle School in South Dennis, where you'll enjoy a barbecue before being shuttled back to Hyannis for the finish line parade. After the closing ceremonies, you'll take one last bus a mile back to your car at Kalmus.

If you need to drive directly to the Cape Cod Sea Camps, limited parking is available, but you will then need to take a longer shuttle ride back to the Camps to collect your car on Sunday, which also results in a longer ride home afterward.

Any last-minute questions or concerns? Let us know, and we'll get you the info you need to make this weekend a success!

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.

Friday night pre-walk party

Written by on Jun 20, 2010

The 2010 MS Challenge Walk may look slightly different from previous years, but we're still going to have fun!

In a break from tradition, we will be starting the walk on Saturday, September 11th, at the Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster. But to keep with the experience of a three-day event, we are inviting all walkers and crew to the Sea Camps the Friday afternoon and evening before the walk to check in and get their credentials and housing assignment (if at the Sea Camps) and to relax under the Big Top Tent with a 1950s themed kick-off party, 6:00–9:00 PM. If you can not attend on Friday evening, you will be able to check in before the walk kicks off on Saturday morning.

All walkers and crew must park at the Kalmus Beach parking lot in Hyannis. Shuttles will be provided to the Cape Cod Sea Camps from the Kalmus Beach Parking lot in Hyannis where the event will end on Sunday. Additional event logistics and information will be available to you in the Travel & Information Guide.

This is the events calendar, featuring official NMSS rallies and meetings as well as volunteer-sponsored fundraisers. Want to see your event listed here? Please submit the details, and we'll add it!