Friends & Family Information

Thank you for your support of our Capital Challenge Walk MS participants! We know how excited you are for your participant and we want to be sure you have the information you need to support them now and during the weekend of the event.

Please note: Chalk is not allowed at any rest stops, cheer stations, or along the route. Please respect the National Park Service regulations by not using chalk on any surfaces.

Before the event

  • Cheer them on as they continue to train and fundraise.
  • Provide a "rest stop" for them as their training walks get longer.
  • Write them a "love note"  that they can pick up during the event.
  • Help them review their packing list to be sure they have everything they need.
  • Make plans to be at the Finish Line!

Start Line Ceremony - GEICO (5260 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815)
The Capital Challenge Walk MS kicks off with a Start Line Ceremony. Friends and family are highly encouraged to attend! There will be music, fun, and more!

After the ceremony is over, the participants will start the first leg of their 2-day journey. Your support, smiles, and cheer will be a terrific send-off!

Saturday, September 20

7:00 a.m. Check-in opens (packet pick-up)
8:10 a.m. Start Line Ceremony begins (program will begin with stretching at 7:50 a.m.)
8:30 a.m. Capital Challenge Walk MS participants start!

Day 1 Finish Line/Overnight

This is a special time for your participant. They have completed approximately 20 miles of this incredible journey. While they have had the opportunity to meet other participants along the route, this is where they really get to know each other and share their experiences. It is an important time for them to relax, recover, and renew for the next day.

All walkers stay together at the same overnight location. To help us maintain a safe and secure overnight location for you, we ask that only participants and family plan to stay at the overnight location. If family plans to attend, please email patricia.mendez@nmss.org to reserve space. You are welcome to call your loved ones and share your amazing day, but we do ask that no calls are made after "lights out" at 10:00 p.m..

U.S. Capitol Finish Line Celebration - U.S. Capitol West Lawn, East Capitol Street NW and First Street SE, Washington, DC 20004

Witness the hundreds of walkers, crew, and volunteers as they walk the final steps of this journey together.

Join us at the finish line on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the U.S. Capitol West Lawn! Please plan to arrive by 1:00 p.m.

Wear orange! Bring posters to congratulate your participant and don't forget your camera. Seeing supportive, cheering friends and family means a lot to our walkers!

Street parking is limited. You can arrive via metro: Union Station (red line) or Capitol South (orange and blue lines).

After the Event
Your participant just completed an unbelievable experience. Here are some great ways to help support them:

  • Pick up their luggage! (Luggage will be waiting at Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave, NE, Washington, DC 20002. Buses will shuttle you there.)
  • Have Sunday night dinner prepared! They will be tired but definitely up for a good meal.
  • Help them unpack and do laundry!
  • Two words: Spa Day.
  • Encourage them to share their stories from the weekend. Listen to their experience, go through photos, ask questions, and share how proud you are of their accomplishment.