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
The Society Safety Protocol is being practiced effectively, but due to increasing community spread we will include more comprehensive screening measures. Therefore, effective this September, the Society’s latest Safety Protocol are as follows:
- Face coverings: Masks required of all attendees at all Society gatherings, both indoor and outdoor, regardless of vaccination status. Anyone accessing a Society office is required to wear a mask.
- Screening: all participants, volunteers, staff and attendees must pass a COVID-19 exposure and symptom screening and must acknowledge reading our safety protocols and pledge to adhere to those protocols. If a venue or local health mandate requires proof of vaccination or negative test, the Society will comply.
- Physical distancing and person-to-person contact: events and gatherings will continue to be planned to allow for distance between staff, volunteers and participants whenever possible. Subject to local and site requirements.
- Maintain clean spaces: follow CDC guidelines for routine cleaning and sanitizing of restrooms, shared spaces, and high-touch surfaces.
- Handwashing: ensure adequate handwashing supplies and/or hand sanitizer with minimum 60% alcohol is available.
- Communication, education and expectations: participant, attendee and volunteer expectations and education will be distributed prior to and at the gathering.
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.