This morning, Kim Moore woke up and went for a brisk 30-mile jog.
Starting at 6 a.m., Moore ran from Black Moshannon State Park to Bellefonte in just over six hours, completing the latest leg of a five-day, 148-mile trek that brings the collective efforts of the MS Run the U.S. relay team a couple steps closer to the Big Apple.
The relay spans the distance from Los Angeles to New York, a cross-county road trip divided into 18 segments, each undertaken by a different volunteer willing to trade a little bit of sweat to raise money for a cure to multiple sclerosis.
Each runner is responsible for raising $10,000 in funding for the National MS Society and the Center Without Walls. Moore and a few other members of the Greater Omaha Area Trail Runners generated donations over the course of several events throughout the year — one of which even included an Elvis impersonator.
Moore, of Treynor, Iowa, was the only G.O.A.T to volunteer to complete her portion of the 3,100-mile journey away from her usual routes.
“I just wanted to do something different. I run around home and that area all the time,” Moore said.
The distance runner has enjoyed the 88 miles of the Pennsylvania landscape she’s traversed so far — although she would favor some flatter terrain.
Still, it’s not the physical exertion that’s the challenge.
“The hardest part is knowing you have to get up the next morning and do it all over again,” Moore said.
Thursday will be the last early wake-up call and the final installment of Moore’s journey. Amy VanDyke, community engagement manager at MS Run the U.S., will complete the trek to New York City.
VanDyke had previously completed two back-to-back segments in Colorado, a cumulative 355 miles that puts her upcoming sojourn in perspective.
“I feel really good while I’m running and by the end of the run I feel like I can keep going,” Van Dyke said.