Frequently Asked Questions
About the Walk
About My Walk Center
ABOUT THE WALK
Q: What is the MS Challenge Walk?
A : This is the greatest walk you will ever take: 3 days, 50 miles, closer to a cure! The MS Challenge Walk pushes you to exceed what you think are your limits, physically and philanthropically. The MS Challenge Walk is a 50-mile, 3-day walk benefiting MS education, support, advocacy, and research through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. It’s not about being athletic, it’s about showing compassion. Join our commitment to raise funds for and awareness of a disease that affects thousands of families in our area. Join our commitment to end this devastating disease. Join our commitment on this life-changing journey...the MS Challenge Walk. Accept the challenge to walk 3-days and 50-miles or 2-days and 50-kilometers.
Q: When and where is the MS Challenge Walk?
A : Three days, the weekend of September 9-11, 2011, 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 MS Challenge Walk?
A: The Greater New England Chapter of the National MS Society, with the help of many volunteers, is organizing the MS Challenge Walk. We have a longstanding history of producing stellar bike tours and the fantastic MS Walk. We work hard to make sure your experience in the MS Challenge Walk is safe, fun, exciting, and rewarding!
Q: How can I participate?
A: You can bring the world closer to a cure for MS by walking, crewing, or volunteering! The initial registration fee is only $75 (for walkers and crew). This commits walkers to the Challenge of walking 50 miles and raising $1,500 or more.
Q. Am I required to walk all 3 days in order to participate?
A. If you have a scheduling conflict on the Friday of the MS Challenge Walk, we still encourage you to walk on Saturday and Sunday. The fundraising minimum of $1,500 will stay the same, but you do have the option of arriving on Saturday morning (or Friday night) and walking the rest of the journey with us. If you are interested in this option, please contact Alexis Stone at 201.967.5599 ext. 43213.
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: 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 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.
Q: What is an ETC meeting?
A:Want to know more about the MS Challenge Walk before signing up? Get all the details at one of our Explore the Challenge meetings. There’s no charge to attend and no obligation. If you decide to register, we’ll give you your first event T-shirt on the spot! ETC meetings are held in convenient locations on different dates and at different times. If none of the dates matches your schedule, contact Alexis Stone at 201.967.5599 ext. 43213.
Q: What is multiple sclerosis?
A: Every hour, another adult in the United States receives that frightening diagnosis: multiple sclerosis. MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe enough to cause blindness or paralysis. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are giving hope to those affected by the disease.
Q: What is the National MS Society?
A: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society helps more people who have MS, and funds more MS research than any private, voluntary MS organization in the world. As part of our relentless, international research effort, scientists across the country receive over $30 million each year in new research grants. At the Society’s New Jersey Metro Chapter, the emphasis is on community-based education, support, and advocacy, providing critical assistance to thousands of local families living with the affects of MS, including modest financial assistance for home modifications and other needs related to MS.
Q: What if I have more questions about the event?
A : Call Alexis Stone at 201.967.5599 ext. 43213
- I forgot my Username and Password.
Remember that your username and password are case sensitive. Click here to find your password. You will receive an e-mail with your username and password.
- How do I change my Username and/or Password?
First, login to the Participant Center using your username and password. Once logged in you will see a link at the top right corner of the page called "Click here to edit your account." Once in your profile, you can change your contact information, e-mail address, username, and password. All changes will be made to your account immediately. There is no need to sign in again.
- How do I unsubscribe from e-mail?
Towards the bottom of each e-mail message there is a link stating, "Click Here to Unsubscribe from this E-mail Message." Click this link and follow the instructions given to unsubscribe.
ABOUT MY CHALLENGE PARTICIPANT CENTER
- What is a Personal Page?
A personal page is an online promotional tool for your use when asking your friends and family to join your team or sponsor you by making a donation. Once you sign up for an event online, by default, you will have a personal page created for you. You have the option of personalizing this page by going to your Challenge Participant Center. You will be able to customize images, text and the style/color layout of the page.
- By default, I have a personal page. Do I have to change it?
Once you sign up for an event online, by default, you will have a personal page created for you. A compelling personal page attracts and engages supporters. While you can spread the word using customized e-mail solicitations, your personal campaign page can be your own creative expression of your commitment to the cause. Customize your page by selecting the layout and style that work best for you. Utilize the elements of text, photo and status indicators to their fullest advantage.
- How do I change my personal fundraising goal?
First, you will need to login to your Challenge Participant Center. On the bottom right side of the Challenge Participant Center home page is the location to modify your personal fundraising goal. Enter your new goal and submit the changes.
- How do I change my team name, team division or team goal?
Only the team captain has the ability to change the team name or team division. The team captain will need to login to his/her Challenge Participant Center and click the "My Team Progress" button on the top right. On the Team Progress page, team captains will have the ability to update the team name, division and goal.
- How can I see who has donated to me?
Login to the site using your Username and Password. Go to your Challenge Participant Center and click the "My Progress" tab; this will allow you to view your donor list and any amounts having been donated.
How can I see who is on my team?
Login to the site using your Username and Password. Go to your Challenge Participant Center and click the "Team Progress" tab; this will allow you to view your team roster and the amounts raised by each team member.
- What is a team message?
Simply go to your Challenge Participant Center and click the "Update Message to Team" button. This will allow you to make all necessary changes to your team message.
What is the difference between making my personal page Private or Public?
By default, a personal page is Public, meaning your name will appear in the participant search list, and anyone accessing the site will be able to support you. Setting your personal page to Private means your name will not appear in the participant search list, and only people you personally invite will be able to support you. There will also be no link on your name in the team list if your page is Private.
How do I make my personal page Public?
Login to the site using your Username and Password and go to your Participant Center. If your personal page is Private there will be a link in the box on the right that says "Make my donation form public" (and vice versa). Click on the link to change the Public/Private status of your personal page.