it to Ashley Kumlein to think long range.
six-month, 3,230-mile run across America last summer, Kumleinís MS
Run, the US Foundation plans to organize a cross-country relay in
2012. "Years and years down the road, it could be one of those
million-dollar fundraisers," says Kumlein, 26, who lives in
collect pledges of at least $1,000 for research into multiple
sclerosis, adding to the $37,000 Kumlein raised last year. Sheís
looking for corporate support and matching donations, but expects no
problems finding 20 to 25 runners who would want to run about 140
miles apiece over a four- to six-day span.
fiancť, Andrew Date, accompanied her in a 30-foot motor home during
her solo run from San Francisco to New York, so the couple knows the
logistical challenges the relay will present.
already thinking a couple years ahead we might have to have two
separate lines across the country with two separate crews, because I
donít want to miss out on anybody," she adds.
mother, Jill, who was diagnosed with MS nearly 30 years ago, is her
inspiration. She sometimes accompanies Ashley to fundraisers and
speaking engagements. "People really take it to heart and realize
they have abilities that are a blessing that they take for
granted," says Kumlein.