Your safety is our number one priority at Challenge Walk MS; that’s why we made Think Safe our motto. To do your part to ensure everyone arrives safely at the finish line, please review this safety information about personal safety and COVID protocols.
- Obey all traffic laws.
- Always be aware of your surroundings. Walkers are prohibited from wearing headphones and using mobile phones or texting devices while walking.
- Always use the sidewalk when available and walk in the direction of oncoming traffic. When no sidewalk is available, walk on the left-hand side of the road, facing oncoming traffic and close to the curb.
- Don't walk more than two abreast.
- Watch for moving vehicles.
- Always use a marked crosswalk when available.
- Obey the pedestrian signal at intersections.
- Watch for trains. Never try to beat an oncoming train and cross tracks only at rail crossings. Obey warning devices (lights and crossing arms).
COVID-19: What to Expect
Here’s what you need to know about COVID-19 safety when attending a National MS Society gathering:
- Stay home if you’re experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
- Masks are optional. If you need a mask, we’ve got you covered—just ask a National MS Society staff member.
- While vaccinations are not required to attend most National MS Society events, we strongly encourage everyone get vaccinated. This is important not only to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 across all our communities, but for the safety of those who are immunocompromised—including many people with MS—who may receive less protection from COVID-19 vaccines. The National MS Society also has a mandatory vaccination policy for all Society employees.
- Society events are planned to allow for physical distance between staff, volunteers and participants whenever possible.
- We follow CDC guidelines for routine cleaning and sanitizing of restrooms, shared spaces, and high-touch surfaces, as well as ensure adequate handwashing supplies and/or hand sanitizer.
- There may be additional safety protocol for some events due to special circumstances, venue requirements or local mandates. Stay tuned to all communication about your event so you can be prepared.
We’re Here for You
You are fully supported from Start to Finish on the Challenge Walk MS route. From water and snacks to medical volunteers, we’ve got you covered!
- Rest Stops: Rest Stops are located along the route every 1.5 to 3 miles. These fueling stations serve as breakpoints that encourage hydration, nutrition and oftentimes, medical support.
- Support and Gear (SAG) Vehicles: National MS Society staff and volunteers drive official event vehicles that patrol the route to show support and ensure your safety. SAGs give rides to rest stops and other destinations along the route as needed and requested. No personal SAGs are allowed on the route.
- Remember to Hydrate, Refuel and Stretch: Check out our Training Tips and Tools page to learn more on when and what to eat and drink.