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Event details

The fundraising minimum is $750, which must be reached by event day, Sept. 20, in order to participate. Additional donations can be turned in through the end of September to count toward Challenge Walk MS fundraising prizes.

2 day. 50k.

We'll start things off Saturday, Sept. 20, with a heart-pumping kick-off ceremony at Sabes Jewish Community Center Theatre in St. Louis Park, followed by 20 miles in and around the western suburbs. We'll celebrate Saturday night at our "world-famous" pep rally emceed by Jeff Olsen. You'll sleep "camping" style in the JCC gymnasium with a couple hundred of your Challenge Walk friends. Wake up Sunday ready to take on the last 10 miles into Minneapolis. Enjoy refreshments at the American Academy of Neurology before a powerful victory march across the Stone Arch Bridge. Check out the route map here.

Throughout the weekend, you'll receive top-notch support — with rest stops and pit stops along the route, overnight accommodations, meals and staff and volunteers cheering you through every single mile.

Our pledge to you
You will be fully supported every step of your journey. Your commitment is to walk and raise funds. Our commitment is to worry about everything else. Our goal is to make your journey as fun and hassle-free as possible so that during and after each day, you can relax and enjoy the feelings of accomplishment and fulfillment you worked so hard to achieve.

Weekend theme
Challenge Walk MS: Twin Cities will be traveling back in time to the roaring ’20s. What does that mean? It means flappers, gangsters, jazz, home to the speak-easy, prohibition and more. Adorn yourself in pearls or wear a fedora. Sling a fake tommy-gun or do the Charleston. Let’s recreate the era in style!

Saturday night festivities

A big "THANK YOU!" goes out to Challenge Walkers who helped surpass the $20,000 fundraising contest goal! You'll be warming your belly with hot Caribou coffee and pastries, and relaxing your muscles with a massage when you return to Sabes Jewish Community Center Saturday.

Other Saturday night festivit
ies include our "world-famous" pep rally featuring comedian Matt Fugate and contests for best team T-shirt and best 1920s costume.

Check-in information

Check-in is located in the main lobby of Sabes Jewish Community Center Theatre 6:45–8 a.m. Please don't drive down to the gym. Click here for directions. Participants must raise the $750 fundraising minimum in order to participate. Be prepared with cash, check or credit card to pay any remaining balance.

Cheering stations
We encourage your friends and family to cheer you on at the following locations:

  • Saturday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Lake Harriet Bandshell
  • Sunday, Sept. 21, 11:30 a.m., Father Hennepin Bluffs Park (420 Main St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414) 

 
Victory march and closing ceremony

We’ll begin our final mile, known as the Victory March, from the American Academy of Neurology promptly at 11:45 a.m. Please plan accordingly. If you’re still on the route at that time, you’ll be picked up and transported to the staging area. From there, we’ll walk as a group down West River Parkway, over the historic Stone Arch Bridge into Father Hennepin Bluffs Park for the closing ceremony. 

Questions? Please contact Allison at 612-335-7921 or allison.wagner@nmss.org.