What is The May 50K?
The May 50K is a community fitness and fundraising challenge for the MS International Federation. We are challenging people to walk or run 50 kilometers throughout the month of May to raise funds for life-changing research into MS, and an international initiative to improve access to vital treatments for everyone affected by the disease - no matter where they live.
The MS International Federation is the global body for national MS organisations and will be leading the event in the US and Canada, with the endorsement of its members, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the MS Society of Canada.
Can I still do this safely?
The May 50K is a virtual fitness and fundraising challenge, which is highly interactive and can be completed on your own anywhere in America, with minimal risk to others – even in the comfort of your own home, backyard 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.
Who runs the May 50K?
The MS International Federation is the global body for national MS organisations and will be leading the event in the US and Canada, with the endorsement of its members, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the MS Society of Canada. If you are in either of those countries and would prefer to participate in one of the many incredible events directly supporting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society click here, and click here for the fabulous events run by the MS Society of Canada.
When and where is The May 50K?
The May 50K is an online fitness challenge which runs for one month from 1st May 2021 to 31st May 2021. 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 kilometers in a way that will be challenging for you. Setting a challenging personal goal will make it more likely others will sponsor you.
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?
Every cent you raise will go towards the MS International Federation’s global research and campaign for better access to treatments.
Supported by the National MS Society, the MS International Federation is the leader of the global MS movement. Through research we will help end MS forever, and until then we are ensuring that people have the essential care and treatment that makes life with MS more bearable.
Thank you for helping us leave MS where it belongs, behind us.
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 2021 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 kilometers online?
For detailed instructions on how to link your fundraising page to your fitness app, please click here.
You can log your
- Link your page to a fitness tracker or app
We are linked to FitBit,
You can use your smartphone to download FitBit,
Please allow 24 hours for your activity to show up on your fundraising page.
- Log your kilometers manually
To log kilometres manually, simply
Can I start recording my kilometers in the lead up to May?
You certainly can! But we will reset your kilometers to zero before 1 May 2021.
I’ve shared my page on Facebook asking for donations using the Facebook Donate button. Will the funds I raise come to MS International Federation?
Yes, they will, however, we currently advise that you don’t use the Facebook Donate button to raise funds for your fundraiser as we can’t link any donations back to your fundraising page. If you’ve already set up a post, we ask that you:
- Delete the post, as this is the only way to remove the Facebook Donate button,
- Create a new Facebook post and share the link to your fundraising page without adding the ‘Donate’ button.
Why aren’t the donations that I’m receiving through Facebook showing up on my fundraising page?
Facebook donations are handled and held by a third party, so we can’t sync these donations with The May 50K campaign due to limitations with the Facebook Donate button functionality. Given these limitations, we advise you not to use the Facebook Donate button to raise funds.
If you’d like your friends and family to donate to you, we encourage you to share the link to your fundraising page on your social media pages instead.
Why can’t you sync my donations?
Facebook donations are handled and held by a third party, and Facebook doesn’t have the functionality to sync donations to a fundraisers page at the moment. We’re working with Facebook to try to find a solution for the future, but
Is my donation via Facebook secure?