Byram woman runs 188 miles to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis

Byram. Courtney Kruse ran the equivalent of a marathon a day from Sept. 22 to 28 in honor of friends and family who live with multiple sclerosis.

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29 Sep 2020 | 05:58

Courtney Kruse of Byram ran 188 miles in seven days in honor of friends and family who live with multiple sclerosis.

The charity organization MS Run the US is a one-of-a-kind, 3,260-mile ultra-relay that takes place across the United States. Each participant runs an average of 160 miles in six days and commits fundraising $10,000 for the cause.

Kruse ran a marathon a day for seven consecutive days around Byram from Sept. 22 to 28. She began running only six years ago and was surprised how quickly she fell in love with the sport. Within a month, she signed up for her first half marathon and since has completed over 20 halves, seven full marathons, and two ultra-marathons.

She heard about MS Run the US on a running podcast and immediately felt drawn to and inspired to be part of the team. She made the 2019 MS Run the US team, ran 188 miles, and raised more than $11,000.

Kruse is committed to this cause and using her gift of running to serve others.

“MS is a horrible disease that is affecting close friends, and it is my honor to be able to run for them,” Kruse said. “Raising awareness and funds for MS research imperative and I am thankful to be able to participate in doing more.

“Living with MS is hard. It’s debilitating and painful. As this disease progresses so do the symptoms. I’ve watched my friends struggle daily and worsen over time. I will be running for those who can’t. For Lisa, Danielle, Chip, Chrissy, and many more. I will be running for me. I will be running and pushing my limits as a reminder to myself and others that we can do hard things and to never give up!”

For more information or to donate to the cause, visit msruntheus.org/campaigns/courtneykruse.

“Living with MS is hard. It’s debilitating and painful. As this disease progresses so do the symptoms. I’ve watched my friends struggle daily and worsen over time. I will be running for those who can’t. For Lisa, Danielle, Chip, Chrissy, and many more. I will be running for me. I will be running and pushing my limits as a reminder to myself and others that we can do hard things and to never give up!” --Courtney Kruse