Organizer of Stagecoach running event is making strides in race against MS
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Stacy McAllister still remembers her grandfather before multiple sclerosis, when he was strong and active.
“Over time, we watched him become less mobile,” McAllister said. “Then he had to move into a wheelchair.”
This summer, McAllister plans to honor her grandfather, who passed away from the complications related to MS in August 2017, as she makes a 176-mile trek, which includes both Rabbit Ears and Loveland passes, from Steamboat Springs to Denver. McAllister will be one of 18 runners taking part in the MS Run the US event, which raises money for research and to help aid families dealing with expenses. It also serves to raise awareness about the disease.
McAllister has already raised the $10,000 necessary to run her section of the 3,100-mile relay, and she’s hoping to add to that total with a charity event planned for 10 a.m. Saturday at Stagecoach State Park, near where she lives.
The Run Out MS 5K will begin and finish at the Morrison Cove boat launch. The out-and-back course is 3.1 miles long and is family friendly. The cost is $25 per person for those who register before noon May 10. Runners can also register after that deadline for $30. To register, go to http://www.runoutms.com.
“I’m using any opportunity that I have because he (her grandfather) still, every single day, never let it pass by where he didn’t have a good spirit,” McAllister said. “He always had a great outlook on life, and I kind of took that upon myself … to live everyday like it might be your last.
“I took up running basically because, if he can’t do it, I am still able,” McAllister explained. “I’m capable, I have the fitness, and I’m going to do this for him.”
She said the money she collects this weekend will be added to her fundraising total. She is hoping to raise $11,000 before she begins her run at 8 a.m. May 21 at Little Toots Park in downtown Steamboat Springs.
“I kind of picture this as a culmination of all the months of hard work. I’ve been training since November, and I’ve been fundraising since then as well,” McAllister said. “I have also met some other people along the way who also have MS, so I’m not just running for him, but anyone else out there who have also been affected by this disease.”
To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.
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