At 7 a.m. last Saturday a number of do-gooders started filing into Lifetime Fitness in Omaha.
The group was there to exercise and raise funds for multiple sclerosis research.
Multiple sclerosis, also known as MS, is a chronic disease that attacks the brain, spinal cord and nerve fibers to the eyes. Symptoms include fatigue, walking and balance problems, pain and depression, among other things.
The event spanned 24 hours, but participants were asked to work out in any way for any length of time.
About 80 people took part. Though most worked out for an hour or so, about 30 people kept moving from 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday. A couple people even ran 50 miles on treadmills at the gym.
Participants raised more than $1,200.
It was the second time the gym hosted the 24-hour event. Last year's fundraiser attracted 50 people.
Laurie Halpenny and Jamie Plucker of Omaha and Larry Kelley of Iowa are taking their fundraising efforts a step further. They are three of 16 runners participating in a 3,000-mile relay across America to raise awareness and funds to help cure MS. The relay begins in April.
For more information on the relay or how to donate, click here.
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