What is The May 50K?
The May 50K is a community fitness and fundraising challenge for MS International Federation and partnering charities including: MS Ireland, The UK MS Society , The MS Society of Canada, Stichting MS Research and DMSG (Germany). We are challenging people to walk or run 50 kilometres throughout the month of May to raise vital funds towards, MS research worldwide, improve access to effective treatment and support for everyone – 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!
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 may be at an increased risk of complications from a COVID-19 infection, so at this time it is especially important 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!
When and where is The May 50K?
The May 50K is an online fitness challenge which runs for one month from 1st to 31st May 2023. You decide where and when to complete your challenge.
Can I swim or cycle my May 50K?
Absolutely! It’s up to you to decide where or how to complete The May 50K.
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.
How do I join a team?
You can join a public team by clicking on the "Join us" button on the teams fundraising page. If the team is set to private you will need to ask the team captain to send you an invite.
How do I reset my password?
Login to your The May 50K account and head to your dashboard. Click on ‘My account’ and select ‘Reset password’.
Where do the funds go that I raise?
Every penny or cent you raise will go towards the MS International Federation’s supporting people living with MS.
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, support and treatment that makes life with MS more bearable.
In Ireland 70% of the money you raise will go to MS Ireland projects and 30% will help to fund life-changing research, access to treatment and support projects around the world.
In the Netherlands 70% of the money you raise will support Stichting MS Research projects and 30% will help to fund life-changing research, access to treatment and support projects around the world.
In the UK 70% of the money you raise will go to Stop MS and 30% will help to fund life-changing research, access to treatment and support projects around the world.
In Canada 70% of the money you raise will support The MS Society of Canada projects and 30% will help to fund life-changing research and access to treatment projects around the world.
In Germany 70% of the money you raise will support Deutsche Multiple Sklerose Gesellschaft Bundesverband projects and 30% will help to fund life-changing research, access to treatment and support projects around the world.
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.
My Fitness Activity
How do I log my kilometres online?
Please click here or detailed instructions on how to link your fundraising page to your fitness app.
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 kilometres manually
To log kilometres manually, simply
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 2023.