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
MS doesn’t stop , and neither will we. We’ve implemented protocols in keeping with current guidance on event attendance from the CDC, state, city and other local agencies to keep our participants, volunteers, staff and host communities as safe as possible. These practices may be adjusted as directed by evolving medical information to ensure your safety at this year’s events.
Here’s what to expect:
- Masks – will be required by all volunteers and staff at all times. Walkers will not be required to wear masks while walking outdoors.
- Participants will be asked for additional self-sufficiency as well as doing their part by conscientiously practicing physical/social distancing, frequently washing hands, using hand sanitizer and not participating if they are feeling unwell or showing any signs of illness.
- Event support will also look different, with enhanced no touch protocols, “self-service” pre-packaged food and beverage, contactless check-in’s, enhanced health screening and more.
We will continue to share the most accurate and reliable guidance possible to help people with MS find their best path forward through this unprecedented crisis. Learn more about COVID-19 and MS.
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.