(HARTLAND, WISCONSIN) – Registration is open for the 20 Walk MS fundraising walks taking place throughout Wisconsin next year. Participants are encouraged to sign up now in order to get an early start on fundraising and to receive the event’s commemorative bandana—free for anyone registering before December 31.
There is no fee to register.
Walk MS is a charity walk series that takes place in more than 550 locations throughout the country each year. It is considered a rallying point for those with a connection to multiple sclerosis and one of the largest community fundraising events to raise money for MS-related research, programs and services.
Wisconsin is believed to have one of the higher prevalence rates of MS in the nation, with more than 11,000 children, women and men who have disclosed that they are diagnosed with the disease. More than $1.4 million was raised through Walk MS events in Wisconsin in 2015.
Registration for Walk MS in 2016 is available at walkMS.org or by calling (855) 372-1331.
The dates and locations for Wisconsin’s Walk MS events in 2016 are:
Saturday, April 23
La Crosse (La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza)
Sunday, April 24
Appleton (Appleton North High School, 5000 N. Ballard Rd.)
De Pere (West De Pere High School, 665 Grant St.)
Sheboygan (Blue Harbor Resort, 725 Blue Harbor Dr.)
Saturday, April 30
Cedarburg (location TBA)
Eau Claire (UW-Eau Claire Davies Center, 77 Roosevelt Ave.)
Fond du Lac (Marian University, 45 S. National Ave.)
Marshfield (University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County, 2000 W. 5th St.)
Menomonee Falls (Menomonee Falls High School, W142 N8101 Merrimac Dr.)
Oconomowoc (Fowler Park, 500 Oakwood Ave.)
Platteville (UW-Platteville Ullsvik Hall, 1 University Plaza)
Sunday, May 1
Janesville (location TBA)
Madison (Warner Park, 1625 Northport Dr.)
Milwaukee (Summerfest Grounds, Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard)
Saturday, May 7
Kenosha-Racine (UW-Parkside Sports and Activity Center, 900 Wood Rd. in Kenosha)
Wausau (Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center, 10101 Market St. in Rothschild)
Saturday, September 17
Rhinelander (Rhinelander High School, 665 Coolidge Ave.)
Stevens Point (location TBA)
Sunday, September 18
Oshkosh (Oshkosh West High School, 375 N. Eagle St.)
Waukesha (Frame Park, 1240 Frame Park Dr.)
All walk sites feature a three-mile route that is fully accessible for wheelchairs and scooters, and includes rest stops, first aid and more. (Many locations offer a one-mile route as well.) Check-in at each location begins at 9 a.m. the morning of the event with each walk starting at 10 a.m. There is no registration fee, but Walk MS participants are encouraged to make a donation or fundraise. Proceeds benefit the National MS Society to fund research, programs and services.