Saturday, May 20th, 2023
The MAHA (Multiple Sclerosis at Home Access) Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center will be hosting the inaugural ‘MS Strong’ race event with proceeds being utilized to directly empower people living with MS and other demyelinating diseases with disability in our community.
Race will include a fun run, 5K and 10K run to ensure that regardless of ability people can participate. Event will include coffee & food trucks, DJ, and other family fun activities.
2023 MS Strong Race Information
Race Date: Saturday, May 20, 2023
Start Time: 9 am – 3 pm
Start-Finish Location: Aksarben Village – Stinson Park
2285 S 67th St, Omaha, NE 68106
Fun Run & 5k – $30
10k – $40
Price Includes: Race Entry, Race Bib, and Official Race Shirt
**MAHA participants and kids 4 & under are free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if want to participant but cannot afford.
Race Day PACKET PICK UP
At the starting line area from 9 – 10 A.M.
About the MAHA Program
The MAHA program, which started in 2013, is a “boots on the ground” service for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis and significant disability. We have a team of dedicated, passionate people who have made it their mission to empower the individuals we serve. Exercise, socialization and advocacy are a part of that. As you are well aware, despite their disability, these activities are a pivotal component to wellness and quality of life.
The funds raised will be used to directly serve the cohort of the individuals we work with through continuation of supporting monthly scholarships for those enrolled in the MAHA program to MS Forward Gym and Horizon Spine PT. With this scholarship, individuals are able exercise and socialize with one another. Some can physically be together at the gym while others connect via tele-technology. Our main priority with funds from the MS Strong race event will go toward ensuring we are able to continue to support these scholarships and inherently support the work of community partners that have expertise in working with individuals living with MS.
Inspiration for the Event
On May 1st, 2022, Renee Stewart, nurse practitioner & co-director of MAHA, Kristen Bayly, nurse with the MAHA program and Nancy Lenz, physical therapist we work closely with in the community, ran the Lincoln half marathon with one of the individuals we serve in the MAHA program. Our slogan for race day, ‘Together we fight, Together we run, Together we are MS STRONG’. We utilized an adaptive running wheelchair and pushed her throughout the duration of the race before she got out and with our assistance, crossed the finish line on her own two feet. It was a moment we will never forget!
Since race day, we have received inquiries from people who want to support the work of the MAHA program, who want to be a part of it. Appreciating that not everyone has the ability or desire to run a half marathon, we wanted to create an event that everyone can be a part of.
Omaha World Herald feature meant to raise awareness of the MAHA program and it’s value as well as the importance of exercise for those living with MS: https://omaha.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/i-m-an-athlete-omaha-woman-with-ms-stays-positive-on-fitness-journey-ahead-of/article_42dffa38-c704-11ec-a122-eb550da3606f.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share
Thank You To Our Sponsors
Thank you to our race partners. Your generous support makes community events such as this possible. Interested in becoming a sponsor for 2023? Email email@example.com m for more information.