Milwaukee woman to run more than 265 miles for fight against MS

Jay Sorgi

Milwaukee woman to run more than 265 miles for fight against MS

CREATED Apr. 12, 2013

MILWAUKEE - Few world-class marathoners would consider running five or six marathons in that many days..

Chellie DeGelleke, who's from Milwaukee, is doing exactly that - twice in 2013 - to help raise money and awareness in the battle against multiple sclerosis.

"You're never going to be prepared, no matter how much you run," DeGelleke told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."

But she does have a friend to lean on for advice, Ashley Kumlein, who did an ultramarathon as part of the same MS "Run the U.S." effort which Kumlein started.
"She ran across the U.S. herself.  She thought it would be fun and a way to get more community involvement if she made it a relay this year," explained DeGelleke.

"Honestly, I turned Ashley down the first time.  I didn't think I could. Though a lot of encouragement and a little bit of friendship-guilting, I agreed to do it."

This year, DeGelleke is trying to turn the 130-mile-plus trick...twice - once in Los Angeles, and again in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in a fill-in role.

"It was not my intention to do it twice.  When I agreed, I thought one was more than enough.  However, we had a runner drop out due to a health complication, and I figured I was already doing one, had already trained for it once, I could maintain for a couple more months and help her out," said DeGelleke.

"I anticipate this first time to be a little rocky, but the second time in September to be a strong finish."

The good part for DeGelleke: diet is not a worry.

"That is the glorious part about this.  Ultra-running is an eating profession, so I get to eat all the time."

A bonus for someone making a monstrous difference by running more in 12 days than many of us would in a lifetime.