More MS news articles for February 2001

National MS Society walks

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February 13, 2001
BY BILL LAITNER
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

You burn nearly as many calories walking a brisk mile as jogging one. But the folks at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society won't mind if you run their routes, says Patricia McDonald, president of the Michigan chapter.

This spring there are 14 MS walks across Michigan, from Midland to Marquette. They're as short as 3 miles and as long as 12. In southeast Michigan, the big dates are Saturday, May 5, in Warren and Sunday, May 6, in Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Dearborn, Detroit and Grosse Pointe.

"We've shortened up the walks for people who don't want to go 20 miles anymore," McDonald says. "And we've got more walk sites, more food and more music," including live bands, she says.

A word on motivation: If you sign up pledges in advance, you'll feel obligated to finish. To enter, call 800-247-7382, 9-5 weekdays, or click on www.nmssmi.org.