What is The May 50K?

The May 50K is a community fitness and fundraising challenge for MS Ireland and the MS International Federation We are challenging people to roll, walk or run 50 kilometres throughout the month of May to raise funds for life-changing research into MS, support for people in Ireland, and an international initiative to improve access to vital treatments for everyone affected by the disease - no matter where they live.

How much does it cost to register?

It’s completely free to register and participate in The May 50K. You can sign up here and leave your limits behind this May!

When and where is The May 50K?

The May 50K is an online fitness challenge which runs for one month from 1st May 2022 to 31st May 2022. You decide where and when to complete your challenge.

What do I have to do?

Wherever you live, whatever your fitness level, you can decide when and where to complete The May 50K. Really don’t like to run or walk? You could complete the challenge in a way that works best for you. If you are a wheelchair user, you can adjust the kilometres in a way that will be challenging for you. Setting a challenging personal goal will make it more likely others will sponsor you.

What about coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Obviously our first priority is your health. Follow the official advice and don’t put yourself or anyone else at risk. People with MS  may be at an increased risk of complications from a COVID-19 infection, so at this time it is especially important for people with MS and their caregivers to observe recommendations about social distancing.

One of the best things about The May 50K is that you do it on your own, even when you’re in a team. So you can keep your distance and run the distance!


Can I still do this in lockdown?

The May 50K is a virtual fitness and fundraising challenge, which is highly interactive and can be completed on your own anywhere in Ireland, with minimal risk to others – even in the comfort of your own home, garden or local park. 

Raising funds for life-changing MS research is now more important than ever. In this uncertain time it is crucial that we remember the importance of funding medical research, and that people living with MS still need better treatments, prevention and ultimately a cure. We now need your help more than ever!

It’s important that we stay fit and healthy during this time by looking after our physical and mental well-being. The May 50K is a great way to combine the two! Get active, stay connected as a community and help us keep driving the change that we all want to see, freedom from MS.

Let’s come together as a community to show that nothing will stop us from leaving MS where it belongs, behind us.

Can I swim or cycle my May 50K?

Absolutely! It’s up to you to decide where or how to complete The May 50K.


Where do the funds go that I raise?

MS Ireland is teaming up with the MS International Federation so the money you raise will be shared to fund local and international projects. In Ireland 70% of the money you raise will go to MS Ireland projects and 30% will help to fund life-changing research and access to treatment projects around the world.

How do I update my fundraising goal?

Login to your The May 50K account and head to your dashboard. Click on ‘Edit my page’ and update your fundraising goal.

Is my donation tax deductable?

The May 50K is a virtual event which was taken international by the MS International Federation in 2020 to raise vital funds for MS research and access to treatment. The MS International Federation is a registered non-profit in the United Kingdom. This means that donations will always be used for the purpose for which they are intended but may not be tax deductible if you live outside of the UK. Please check your local regulations for more information.

My Fitness Activity

How do I log my kilometres online?

For detailed instructions on how to link your fundraising page to your fitness app, please click here.

You can log your kilometers in two ways:

  • Link your page to a fitness tracker or app

We are linked to FitBit, mapmyfitness, , Garmin and Strava to automatically sync with your fundraising page and add to your kilometre tracker each time you record an activity.

You can use your smartphone to download FitBit, mapmyfitness, Garmin or Strava to get started. After creating an account with your preferred app, login to your The May 50K account and head to the ‘My Fitness Activity’ tab to connect to your fitness app.

Please allow 24 hours for your activity to show up on your fundraising page.

  • Log your kilometres manually

To log kilometres manually, simply login to your online fundraising page and head to the ‘My Fitness Activity’ to record your activity.

Can I start recording my kilometres in the lead up to May?

You certainly can! But we will reset your kilometres to zero on 1 May 2022.

Facebook FAQs

Can I link my fundraising page to Facebook Fundraising?

From 2022 Facebook fundraising for The May 50K will now link to your page on The May 50K website so it all automatically counts towards your goal. Your personalised fundraising page on The May 50K website is still the first and best place you should go because its got all your special features and you can share it directly to Facebook and other social channels to raise more money.