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Tweeting live from MS Challenge Walk 2013

Written by on September 5, 2013 at 8:59 am

We're pleased to welcome committee member Jennifer Rebecca Yates back to our Twitter account. As she did last year and the year before, Jen will be tweeting live from the Cape Cod Rail Trail using the official @MSChallengeWalk account starting tomorrow. This means that throughout the weekend, you or your friends and family back home can experience the event live in real time by visiting this blog to see short text messages and even photos from the route. All our tweets will also appear on the MS Challenge Walk's Facebook page!

Jen won't be the only Twitter user at MS Challenge Walk; you can follow our list of walkers to get even more perspectives. Their tweets will also be included in the below stream (but not on our Facebook page). Will you be tweeting? Let us know, and use hashtag #MSCW (short for MS Challenge Walk) in your own tweets!

[The live tweet has concluded! Please see Jen's archive of tweets for the full story.]

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.

MS Challenge Walk 2012's tweets

Written by on September 10, 2012 at 9:24 am

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's MS Challenge Walk! Over 550 walkers and 200 crew collaborated to bring us three days, fifty miles, and $1 million toward a world free from multiple sclerosis. What a team!!

We couldn't have done it without the larger support network of friends, families, and co-workers who cheered us on physically, emotionally, and financially. We gave advocates a blow-by-blow report from the route courtesy the microblogging site Twitter. Jennifer Rebecca Yates assumed control of the account, issuing 58 "tweets" over the course of the weekend (40% more than last year!). For the first time ever, these tweets included photos from the trail and were also streamed to our Facebook page, opening the event to an even wider audience.

We'll now resume our usual Twitter schedule, but for posterity (or for those of you who missed it), here are Jen's tweets, presented in chronological order. Watch this blog in the weeks to come as we publish more media, including audio, video, and photos!

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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.

Live tweets from MS Challenge Walk 2012

Written by on September 5, 2012 at 9:00 am

We're pleased to welcome committee member Jennifer Rebecca Yates back to our Twitter account. As she did last year and Emily Kahm did the year before that, Jen will be tweeting live from the Cape Cod Rail Trail using the official @MSChallengeWalk account starting tomorrow. This means that throughout the weekend, you or your friends and family back home can experience the event live in real time by visiting this blog to see short text messages and even photos from the route. All our tweets will also appear on the MS Challenge Walk's Facebook page!

Jen won't be the only Twitter user at MS Challenge Walk; you can follow our list of walkers to get even more perspectives. Their tweets will also be included in the below stream (but not on our Facebook page). Will you be tweeting? Let us know, and use hashtag #MSCW (short for MS Challenge Walk) in your own tweets!

[The live tweet has concluded! Please see Jen's archive of tweets for the full story.]

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.

Challenge Walk 2011 tweets

Written by on September 28, 2011 at 10:33 am

Most Challenge Walkers are familiar with our Facebook page as a place to interact with other walkers and crew members. But growing in popularity for real-time communication is Twitter, through which walkers can issue short updates from their computers or cell phones. It's like the "status update" feature of Facebook as a standalone service.

Twitter has proven useful on each of the last two MS Challenge Walkers to share and document our experiences and observations while on the fifty-mile trail. Last year, first-year walker Emily Kahm tweeted live from the trail for a total of twenty brief messages across the three days and thirty kilometers. This year, ten-year veteran Jennifer Rebecca Yates issued 42 tweets from the @mschallengewalk account, producing a living diary that friends, family, walkers, and crew could read and interact with. Those tweets are now archived below, in chronological order.

We'll be even better prepared to accommodate walkers who wish to use Twitter in 2012. Are you already on the service, or do you plan to join? Let us know your screenname, and we'll add you to our list of walkers. You can also "follow" this list on Twitter to instantly subscribe to all our walkers with just a single click!


  • So many familiar faces at the Cape Codder! Yay for walk weekend! Thu Sep 08 18:50:27
  • Up bright and early to get ready to walk! See you on Hyannis Green for opening ceremonies @8! Fri Sep 09 05:54:53
  • On the bus from Kalmus Beach! Thanks to the crew for taking all the luggage! We have the best crew! Fri Sep 09 06:55:54
  • Hyannis Green is buzzing already! Less than an hour until kickoff! Fri Sep 09 07:05:27
  • Go Team Walk With Wheels!!@rossiwheels Fri Sep 09 07:19:15
  • The General's here!! Fri Sep 09 07:20:22
  • First @jackright sighting!! Fri Sep 09 07:45:17
  • And we're off!!! Fri Sep 09 08:33:51
  • 1st rest stop…all 10s!!! Fri Sep 09 09:07:57
  • Our crew's so good, they'll look for a lost bear in a porta-potty! Fri Sep 09 09:54:07
  • Aloha rest stop 4!!! Fri Sep 09 10:56:07
  • PB&J for lunch! Fluffernutter too if you're so inclined! Fri Sep 09 12:05:22
  • @jackright just skipped by. Literally. Or maybe it was dancing?!?! Fri Sep 09 12:23:41
  • Day 1 is in the books! Off to showers and massages!! Fri Sep 09 15:11:08
  • Fantastic massage by George from the Salter school!! Fri Sep 09 16:34:03
  • It's a beautiful day on the lawn outside the circus tent! Fri Sep 09 17:43:11
  • Slideshow has started in the tent! Love seeing all the pix from the day! Fri Sep 09 19:01:22
  • What fun to celebrate all the first year walkers and all the ones up to 10 years!! Sat Sep 10 00:04:56
  • The 5:30 wakeup call was sounded! Only 3 or 4 folks in this cabin heard it, it seems. Sleepy folks!! Sat Sep 10 05:38:00
  • On the road again! Sat Sep 10 07:23:37
  • The ants are marching in…to Steve's hat this morning. Much to Tee's horror! Sat Sep 10 10:50:45
  • Trapeze artists on the lawn outside the tent!!! Sat Sep 10 15:55:08
  • We have our own Challenge Walk cirque de soleil!! Sat Sep 10 17:03:20
  • The clown is now on the trapeze. This can't end well! Sat Sep 10 17:35:31
  • Finale of the trapeze gals was pretty amazing! Sat Sep 10 18:04:37
  • Another FANTASTIC slide show! Love our photographers!! Sat Sep 10 19:17:31
  • Amazing. Sun Sep 11 00:19:58
  • Fire on the beach time!! Sun Sep 11 00:48:33
  • The 5:30 wake-up call seems so much earlier on Day 3!! Sun Sep 11 05:37:31
  • On the road again for Day 3. Also remembering 9/11. Sun Sep 11 07:38:07
  • Carolyn is AMAZING!!! Sun Sep 11 10:09:02
  • Just passing Perseverance Path! Perfect street name for MSCallengeWalk! Sun Sep 11 10:11:10
  • At the school for the barbecue! Can't wait for the year we just get to have the party! Sun Sep 11 10:51:42
  • Yay for Carolyn!! Sun Sep 11 11:42:08
  • Love seeing all the smiles on the faces of the finishing walkers! Sun Sep 11 11:43:01
  • My favorite part…bike and motorcycle crews coming back! Sun Sep 11 12:15:44
  • Just had a picture with the rest of the 10-year walkers an crew! Great group!!! Sun Sep 11 12:49:03
  • At the transportation center lining up for closing ceremonies! Sun Sep 11 13:29:52
  • The town green is packed. Amazing to see everyone together! 1000 people at least! Sun Sep 11 13:55:02
  • Sad to be on the bus back to my car. Love this weekend! Love these people! Sun Sep 11 14:10:48
  • RT @rossiwheels: Those 43 MILES can kiss my butt!! -Love Carolyn @mschallengewalk Sun Sep 11 17:25:36
  • Finally home after a long journey. Happy to hand this back to Ken Gagne! Loved tweeting the walk! Mon Sep 12 03:40:31

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.

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.