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Lincoln native runs 166 miles across state lines to raise awareness for MS

Chris Whitney crosses the finish line in Holdrege on Tuesday.
Chris Whitney crosses the finish line in Holdrege on Tuesday.(Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)
Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 9:50 PM CDT
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HOLDREGE, Neb. (KSNB) - Lincoln native Chris Whitney has made it back home after running more than 160 miles in just six days. It was all part of MS Run The US, a relay across the country to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis.

“We have been on the road since April 9 traveling across the US,” Running Coach Haley Halverson said. “We stared in Santa Monica, California and are going all the way to New York City. It’s a 3,200 mile relay with 19 runners.”

Whitney’s leg of the journey was from Wray, CO to Holdrege, NE. He got in just after 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

Whitney decided to participate in this event in honor of his mom and friend who were both diagnosed with MS.

“Through training it was the stuff that kind of got me through - making sure I was making them proud and doing everyone else proud, the people who ran this before and the people on the relay team that have MS themselves,” Whitney told Local4 News.

He said there were some times during those few days that were hard for him. but he was motivated to continue pushing through.

“A lot of people who have MS such as my mom have has their mobility taken from them,” he said. “So I view this as an opportunity to take advantage of a gift that I fortunately still have and many take for granted a lot of times.”

Whitney said he hopes this relay not only raises awareness on the disease, but also shows people who have it that they are supported.

“There’s always people in your corner and I think the biggest thing with this is people with ms or any disease or anything they need help with,” Whitney said. “There are people there to fight for you, to turn to and to be strong when you need that strength.”

To learn more about MS and hear stories from other people running this summer, you can visit the MS Run The US website.

For information on how to donate to Whitney’s fundraiser for the cause, you can visit his website.

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