The pain Kristina Myint will feel this week as she runs through scenic Utah is only temporary.

That’s what the Lincoln woman will remind herself as she tackles a 187-mile segment of the MS Run the US. The ultra relay raises funds to support multiple sclerosis research.

“The pain I’m in for that day doesn’t come anywhere close to the pain people with MS suffer on a daily basis,” said Myint, 36. “They don’t get to walk away from it.”

Myint’s segment stretches from Nephi, Utah, to Vernal, Utah. She starts Wednesday and should finish on May 14. About a week later, she’ll also tackle 125 miles of a segment starting outside Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and ending in Denver.

The 3,260-mile relay stretches from Santa Monica, California, to New York. Runners spend time training and fundraising before the relay, which is split into 19 segments.

Three other Nebraskans also will run segments in this year’s relay: Deanna Tysdal, Kristi Johnson and Christina Liekhus.

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This will be Myint’s third time running in the relay. She also participated in 2016 and 2018.

She learned about the relay through a local running group, Greater Omaha Area Trail Runnerz, or G.O.A.T.z. Myint said she knows several people who’ve been diagnosed with the disease. Multiple sclerosis causes damage to nerves in the brain or spinal cord.

So far, she has raised about $7,000 out of her $10,000 goal.

“It truly is a life-changing experience to do this,” Myint said. “You go through those moments, too, where you’re in a lot of pain and it’s hard and you have to dig deep to keep pushing. Then you think about all those people that have MS and can’t do this. It’s reminding yourself to be grateful you have the opportunity to get out and run.”

Kelsey covers health and fitness for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @kels2. Phone: 402-444-3100.

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