The 2011 Challenge Walk MS event was bigger and better than ever. The weekend set a new record with more than 130 registered walkers and $346,000 raised by this small but dedicated group of individuals. In four years, these men and women have forged long-lasting friendships… and raised a cumulative ONE MILLION DOLLARS. Watch out, MS… we’re in this to WIN it!
Cold rain on Saturday and tough hills on Sunday did not deter the walkers from their goal. For proof, check out our usual massive and over-wrought video montage for this year’s event. (WARNING: movie clip is eighteen minutes in length and requires Windows Media Player.)
Team LaDorkas swung through Milwaukee for an important photo session with Da Fonz on the way to the event.
Is it possible to lose one’s heart to a bronze statue?
Sloth is easily defeated by Da Fonz’s far more powerful appendages in a game of thumb-wrestling.
Apparently cows are immune to Sloth Mix…
The view from our cabin over Egg Harbor and Green Bay.
Lisa models out our humble digs for the weekend.
Docile-seeming clouds above Egg Harbor…
A view from behind the Alpine Resort restaurant
Vanessa’s super-cute toe decor for the weekend!
The teams really went over-the-top with unique costuming and custom tees this year.
Check out Pat Heller’s skirt! This was one of many items sold at a silent auction at the resort.
Dawn at the resort on the morning of Day One
Connie shepherds some of the walkers to the start line on Day One
Lori and Melvin listen to pre-start announcements
The vibe in the air is almost tribal!
Team LaDorkas lead the pack out of the park in Fish Creek
On the road again…
The surreal, silent beauty of Peninsula State Park
Sloth finds a little friend on the road on Day One
MMMMmmmMMMmmmm… green growing things…
Egad! ‘Tis the luck o’ the Irish!
Delicious green treats greet our walkers.
Nice beard, m’man!
The Irish rest stop team was full of spunk and fun indeed!
Tim’s family capitalized on 80’s nostalgia at their rest stops this year…
Wow; a real ninja turtle!
Tim’s family always knows how to leave an impression…
A view of Green Bay from Peninsula State Park…
The circus rest stop was definitely entertaining… check out these moves!
MMMmmmMMMmmmm… big tent treats! Yum!
Mirror globe, mirror globe… who do you see?
The Door County Parrotheads were out and about again in force!
Cross-dressing parrotheads are my favorite.
They are a colorful bunch indeed!
Pat stands proudly with her vast (and award-winning) chocolate shop of goodies
Sloth especially found these MS goodies (with a hint of mint) irresistible…
MMMmmmmMMMMMmmmmmm… pumpkin kisses? Really? Wow!
Lisa and Bria of the Blue Tongue sign up for some peace and love
Are the Dorkas groovy? Must you ask?
The Great Wolf ladies get groovy
The Dorkas show us what they’ve got
The Knudsens – still smilin’ at Finish on Day One
Bruce Fisher is a welcome new addition to our group this year
Sally and Carole keep each other company (and warm) through the rain on Day Two
Our parrothead pirates bring in some blue skies on Day Two
The pirates are armed with not one but two horns of summoning… yikes!
Truer words were never spoken…
A wet but happy pair arrive at Finish on Day Two
Our cheerleaders after a long, wet, and cold day
Bria’s enthusiastic hugs welcome walkers to Team LaDorkas rest stop on Day Three
Walkers and volunteers share some love and messages of encouragement
Dude; check out those nails! Yikes!
Looks like Tom was unable to escape being marred by Team LaDorkas
“Mr. Dawn” can’t resist the wiles of La Dorka Lisa!
Bernie displays his affinity for chocolate treats… and maybe a few kisses here and there.
Trainer Roland kept us bandaged and throughout the weekend. Needless to say, he was loved by all.
The walkers prepare for mile number fifty
Our fearless participants return year after year!
On the way down to Murphy Park
The jubilant crew!
Ness and LaDorkas captain Kim party at the finish line
Team LaDorkas, now fortified with Baby Dorkas!
Precious medals were awarded by our parrothead pirate crew at the finish line
Relax, guys… there’s enough for everybody!