The Magnificent Mile Race was first run in November 2006. It is the inspiration of Sarah Witt (pictured below with her son Will) who has Primary Lateral Sclerosis, a motor neuron disease related to ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease; and Scott (pictured at bottom of page with his brother Brad and friends) and Amy Corsmeier, siblings who have Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, a hereditary motor neuron disease.
Sarah was an avid runner and marathoner until her illness began in 2004. Now, she is confined to a wheelchair and unable to run. Scott and Amy were diagnosed when they were young children.
Since its inception, the race has raised more than $380,000 from sponsors and individual donors for research into upper motor neuron disorders. In addition, nearly 7,000 participants and hundreds more spectators have taken part in this event.