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Runners Lace Up to Trek Across U.S. for MS: VIDEO























Running thousands of miles to fight a widespread disabling disease, volunteer runners across the country are joining in on a relay to battle multiple sclerosis. The 3,100-mile relay passed through Holdrege on Monday along their trek to New York City from Los Angeles.

Many say seeing people do things that seem almost impossible is inspiring.

"As the miles start to tack on you get a little tired, so you remind yourself of what you're there for," said runner Tracy Killion, who ran 166 miles.

Their motto: running farther to serve others.

“Each runner, it's an average of 160 miles in six consecutive days, so they run at least a marathon a day for a week," said MS Road Crew member Kendra Dennis.

Many take on the pain for those suffering with multiple sclerosis, like Killion, who ran five days of 30 milers and her sixth day was 15.

"It kind of makes you grateful, the fact that you can run because there are others who can't," said runner Tammie Kruszczak.

She's been a long distance runner for 15 years, but this year will be the first time she'll be officially a part of the trek across America.

"I'm a hair stylist and I have a client who has recently started to show symptoms, and so you know, that makes it real, puts a face with it," Kruszczak explained.

In the U.S., 200 people are diagnosed with MS each week. With the life changing disease in the back of many of their minds, the runners hope the money they raise will help find a cure.

"Someday I would like to do this myself, but I'm also hoping at the same time that it's unnecessary by the time I get around to maybe doing a full segment," said runner David Green.

Each of the runners has raised at least $10,000. They're still out on the roads for the next week and a half in Nebraska so they ask that you watch out for them and feel free to wave.

If you would like to contribute to the cause, you can donate here: http://www.msruntheus.com/donate-now/. To learn more about the non-profit and the disease, go to www.msruntheus.com.

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