Q: What is the Challenge Walk MS?
A : This is the greatest walk you will ever take: connecting to end MS over three days, 50 miles! The Challenge Walk MS pushes you to exceed what you think are your limits, physically and philanthropically. Fundraising from the Challenge Walk MS provides vital MS education, support, advocacy, services, and research through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. It’s not about being athletic, it’s about raising the bar to stop progression, restore function, and end multiple sclerosis forever. Join our commitment to help 400,000 families across the United States, and 2.3 million worldwide, who live with the unpredictable challenges of MS every day. Join our commitment on this life-changing journey...the Challenge Walk MS. Register today using the buttons to the right.
Q: When and where is the Challenge Walk MS?
A: Three days, the weekend of September 11-13, 2015, on Cape Cod. Walkers start from the village green in Hyannis, and work their way 20 miles towards Brewster, via Yarmouth, seeing beautiful ocean, Cape commerce, and kettle ponds. Day 2 takes walkers 20 miles through Orleans and Eastham, then circles back to Brewster. On day 3, walkers head 10 miles to Dennis for a 'pre-finish' with massage and barbecue, and a chance to say good-bye to new friends made along the way. From Dennis, walkers are bussed to the Transportation Center in Hyannis, and everyone walks the final half-mile together back to the village green, with Challenge walkers who have MS in the lead. The terrain is varied, but the National MS Society supports walkers every step of the way! People of all mobility levels are provided accessible options where the route presents difficulty, for example sand.
Q: Who is organizing the Challenge Walk MS?
A: The Greater New England Chapter of the National MS Society, with the help of many volunteers, organizes the Challenge Walk MS on Cape Cod. We work hard to make sure your experience in the Challenge Walk MS is safe, fun, exciting, and rewarding!
Q: How can I participate?
A: You can move us all closer to a world free of MS by walking, crewing, or volunteering! The registration fee is only $75 (for walkers and crew). This commits walkers to the Challenge of raising $1,500 or more. Register online using the buttons at the right, or contact us by email or phone.
Q. Am I required to walk the whole distance in order to participate?
A. We encourage you to prepare to walk the entire distance; however, no matter how far you do walk the fundraising minimum of $1,500 stays the same.
Q: What kind of support does the Society offer to walkers?
A: The Challenge Guide helps you create a successful training regimen. Optional training walks help you get in shape while getting to know your fellow walkers. At the event, expect a fully stocked rest stop every three to four miles, offering fruit, snacks, water, and fluid-replacement drinks. We also provide smaller refreshment stops every few miles. If necessary, support vehicles patrolling the route will give you a lift to the next rest stop or back to base camp.
Q: How can I volunteer or join Crew for the weekend?
We welcome volunteers with a wide range of talent and skills! For more information about volunteering or joining Crew, visit our Volunteering page.
Q: Where do I sleep?
A: Participants and crew stay in cabins at the Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster. Cabins accommodate 6-10 people. You may, of course, choose to secure your own accommodations at your own expense from among the many fine motels and hotels on the Cape. Please note that shuttle service from the Sea Camps to area lodging is limited. Before booking, make sure your hotel is listed on our Hotel List on the Document Downloads page.
Q: What is an ETC meeting?
A: Do you want to know more about the Challenge Walk MS before signing up? Get all the details at one of our Explore the Challenge meetings. There’s no charge to attend and no obligation. ETC meetings are held in convenient locations on different dates and at different times. If none of the dates matches your schedule, contact the Challenge Hotline, 1-800-344-4867 opt. 2, x87110.
Q: What is multiple sclerosis?
A: Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between brain and body and can stop people from moving forward in their lives. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. MS is typically diagnosed between ages 20 and 50, but teenagers and even young children can have the disease. MS affects women nearly three times more often than men. There are more than 21,000 people with MS in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont; 400,000 cases in the U.S., and 2.3 million worldwide.
Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867).
Q: What is the National MS Society?
A: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to creating a world free of MS. Our mission is mobilizing people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. We are a driving force of MS research and treatment to stop disease progression, restore function, and end MS forever. We develop, deliver, and leverage resources to enhance care for people with MS and quality of life for those affected by the disease. We are leaders in the worldwide MS movement, mobilizing millions of people to do something about MS now. We are activists; and we develop and align human, business, and financial resources to achieve breakthrough results. Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867).
Q: What if I have more questions about the event?
A : Call or e-mail the MS Challenge Hotline, 1-800-344-4867 option 2.