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Challenge Walk housing — response required!

Written by on July 11, 2013 at 5:33 pm

The MS Challenge Walk is fast approaching! There are just eight weeks until we'll be together on Cape Cod.

Important Form — Housing Survey

The online housing form is now available. Everyone attending the MS Challenge Walk must complete this form, regardless of where you are staying during the event weekend. (This form verifies your emergency contact information as well, so all walkers and crew need to fill it out, even if you're staying at a hotel, not the Sea Camps.) We will do everything we can to accommodate your needs, but priority will be given to those who return their forms first. Deadline to complete the form is August 1, 2013.

We will not be sending out paper forms, so if you are having trouble completing the form, or would like to complete the form over the phone with a member of the MS Challenge Walk team, please call 800-344-4867.

Travel Guide

Our Travel and Information Guide has all of the who/what/where's of the 2013 MS Challenge Walk. Use this guide to find directions to the Kalmus Beach Parking Area in Hyannis (where all walkers and crew park their cars for the weekend). The guide also has useful information on packing and the weekend schedule!

Training Walk

The next training walk will be held on Saturday, July 27th at D.W. Fields Park in Avon/Brockton, the starting address is 156 South St., Avon, MA. The walk is 10-15 miles in length with a start time of 8:00 AM. Walk the entire training route or as much as you wish to do. RSVP here!

Have any questions about housing? Feel free to e-mail or call me!

Best,

Aileen Callahan
Development Manager for Challenge Walk

Aileen is the Director of Development for the Greater New England Chapter of the National MS Society responsible for the 2013 Challenge Walk. She has interned with the National MS Society at the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter with Program Events and is looking forward to working closely with the Steering Committee and Challenge Walk Teams to make this year's MS Challenge Walk a memorable one!

Training walk – Avon/Brockton

Written by on July 28, 2012 at 8:00 am

Here's your chance to lace up your shoes and train for the MS Challenge Walk!

This training walk begins at 8 AM on Saturday, July 28, 2012, at 156 South St., Avon, MA, and continues through D. W. Fields Park in Brockton. The walk is 10–15 miles in length, which you may walk as much or as little as you choose. There will be chapter staff present to support your walk. This walk is also a great time to receive more information about the MS Challenge Walk. No pre-registration is necessary, but we'd appreciate if you let us know you're coming by filling out the below form! (Must be completed in your web browser.)

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!

July update

Written by on July 10, 2012 at 7:13 am

Hi, Challengers!

The MS Challenge Walk is fast approaching. There is just 1 month and 29 days until we'll be together on Cape Cod.

Important Form – Housing

The online housing form is now available. Everyone attending the MS Challenge Walk must complete this form, regardless of where you are staying during the event weekend. (This form verifies your emergency contact information as well, so all walkers and crew need to fill it out, even if you're staying at a hotel, not the Sea Camps.) We will do everything we can to accommodate your needs, but priority will be given to those who return their forms first. Deadline to complete the form is August 6, 2012.

We will not be sending out paper forms, so if you are having trouble completing the form, or would like to complete the form over the phone with a member of the MS Challenge Walk team, please call 800-344-4867.

Travel Guide

Our Travel and Information Guide has all of the who/what/wheres of the 2012 MS Challenge Walk. Use this guide to find directions to the Kalmus Beach Parking Area in Hyannis (where all walkers and crew park their cars for the weekend). The guide also has useful information on packing and the weekend schedule.

Training Walk

The next training walk will be held on 7/28 at D.W. Fields Park in Avon/Brockton, the starting address is 156 South St., Avon, MA. The walk is 10-15 miles in length with an start time of 8:00 AM. Walk the entire training route or as much as you wish to do. Find more details on this blog.

Team Apparel

Are you planning on purchasing team t-shirts or other apparel to wear during the Cape Cod Challenge Walk? If you purchase a tee shirt through our Spreadshirt MS Challenge Walk store, 20% of the proceeds will be donated to the National MS Society. The shirt can be fully customized with your team's name, logo, or any other design you wish.

Fundraising

Walkers and Super Crew, how is your fundraising going? Raising $1,500 is a challenge for all walkers. Our goal is to support and encourage your fundraising efforts every step of the way. Crew members achieve "Super Crew" status by raising at least $200 for the MS Challenge Walk.

Our MS Challenge Blog offers many tips on fundraising.

MS Challenge Talk

Have you been listening to MS Challenge Talk?

The Challenge Blog has always been letting the MS community read stories and advice from veterans of the MS Challenge Walk. Now, you're able to hear from these pros directly, in a series of audio interviews. Called MS Challenge Talk, these recordings profile walkers who have accepted the challenge to walk 3 days and 50 miles. Each week, you'll hear from a different walker or volunteer about their connection to the cause, the training and fundraising tricks they've learned, and the memories they've made along the way.

These interviews are completely free and can be listened to anytime you want on the MS Challenge Blog. Every Monday until the walk a new episode will be posted.

Thank you to all the walkers and crew who have been interviewed as a part of our MS Challenge Talk series.

All the best,

Danielle Kempe
Coordinator
MS Challenge Walk Cape Cod

Danielle was a Development Manager for the Greater New England Chapter of the National MS Society, managing MS Challenge Walk 2011 and 2012. Prior to joining the staff of the National MS Society, Danielle served as a crew team captain during the 2009 and 2010 MS Challenge Walks.

West Boylston training walk

Written by on June 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

This training walk begins at 9 AM on Saturday, June 9. This lovely 3-mile section of trail on the rail bed follows the Quinapoxet River, crossing the Charlotte Kaplan and Jeremiah Kaplan Bridges to reach River Street, Holden. The trail has a smooth stone dust surface that is excellent for walkers, cyclists, and non-motorized recreation.

To reach the trail, park at Thomas Street adjacent to the Quinapoxet River just off Route 140 in West Boylston. (From I-190, take Exit 5, Route 140 South one mile. Where 140 bears left over causeway, continue straight ahead to first parking area on the right.)

Please note that this walk will be held weather permitting only and will be postponed if it is raining!

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!

March 2012 update

Written by on March 31, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Walk MS event season is upon us!

You can use any Walk MS event as a training walk for the MS Challenge Walk Cape Cod. You For MS Challenge Walkers, there are no registration fees or fundraising minimums to participate.To find a Walk MS event near you, visit www.walkms.org.

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. Increases energy
  5. Decreases stress

Five Ways to Find Time for Training

  1. Use your lunch hour. Find a nice place to walk during lunch and use that time to get outside. It will not only help your physical self, but it's also great for work stress!
  2. Make it a family activity and hike with the entire family. It will be fun and you can spend some quality time with your family as well as train.
  3. Find a buddy. Having a buddy really helps to keep you motivated!
    Set a schedule and keep it written down. Post it on your refrigerator and it will be a reminder.
  4. Reward yourself! Set goals and when you meet them, treat yourself. Get a pedicure, go to the movies or get that hard back new novel you were going to wait for to come out in paper back.

Team Apparel for the MS Challenge Walk

Are you considering making team shirts or other apparel for the MS Challenge Walk? Consider ordering them through the MS Challenge Walk Spreadshirt page. We have partnered with Spreadshirt to create an easy-to-use application to design and order apparel. The best part about it is that Spreadshirt will donate 20% of each order back to the National MS Society.

Thank You!

Thanks again for your participation in the MS Challenge Walk. If you and/or your team would like to get together to discuss training, fundraising, logistics of the Challenge Walk, please reach out to the MS Challenge Walk Team at mschallengegne@nmss.org. We are happy to assist in any way we can.

All the best,

MS Challenge Walk Cape Cod regional staff

P.S. Are you a member of Facebook? If so, like the MS Challenge Walk Cape Cod page. Stay in touch with your friends from the walk and meet new people dedicated to the cause. You can post pictures of past events, discuss fundraising ideas, and receive invitations to upcoming events.

Danielle was a Development Manager for the Greater New England Chapter of the National MS Society, managing MS Challenge Walk 2011 and 2012. Prior to joining the staff of the National MS Society, Danielle served as a crew team captain during the 2009 and 2010 MS Challenge Walks.

Training walk – Avon/Brockton

Written by on July 30, 2011 at 8:00 am

Here's your chance to lace up your shoes and train for the MS Challenge Walk!

This training walk begins at 8 AM on Saturday, July 30, at 156 South St., Avon, MA, and continues through D. W. Fields Park in Brockton. The walk is 10–15 miles in length, which you may walk as much or as little as you choose. There will be chapter staff present to support your walk. This walk is also a great time to receive more information about the MS Challenge Walk.

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!

Training walk (Saugus)

Written by on June 11, 2011 at 11:30 am

Here's your chance to lace up your shoes and train for the MS Challenge Walk!

This training walk begins at 11:30 AM on Saturday, June 11, in Saugus, MA, and follows the Breakheart Reservation. The route is roughly 10 miles; feel free to walk the entire training route or as much as you wish to do.

This walk is also a great time to receive more information about the MS Challenge Walk and meet your fellow walkers. See our training page for other opportunities.

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!

Training walk (Ayer)

Written by on August 29, 2010 at 8:00 am

Here's your chance to lace up your shoes and train for the MS Challenge Walk!

This training walk begins at the North Middlesex Savings Bank in Ayer and runs along the Nashua River Rail Trail. The walk is 20 miles in length with an open start time between 8:00 – 8:30 AM and a post-walk barbecue. Walk the entire training route or as much as you wish to do; enjoy a bite to eat after the walk; and receive some great training and health-related information. There will be Chapter staff and volunteers present to support your walk. This walk is also a great time to receive more information about the MS Challenge Walk and get personalized advice/training tips from fitness authorities.

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!