WASHINGTON, NJ  -- Day four of Jamie Woyce's MS Run the US was highlighted by some key milestones and the energy of the an area high school cross country team on her way back to New Jersey.

She started the day by hitting a couple of milestones, including the halfway point of her 188+ miles and the 100th mile. Then she met up with the Red Rovers cross country team from Easton Area High School. The group was escorted through town by the Easton Police Department. Along the way, residents, parents, and Mayor Salvatore Panto Jr. cheered on the group.

"It was an awesome and unique experience to be able to meet up with the Easton team," said Woyce. "There were over 50 students and coaches there when I arrived. They introduced me and I gave a quick few words. I told them about my experience as a high school runner and how I progressed because of my change in mental toughness."

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The group finished at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Center Square in Downtown Easton, where they stopped for pictures. 

"It was so nice and the support was unbelievable," she said.

Right as she left the high school team, she ran over the Northampton Street Bridge, crossing the Delaware River and back into New Jersey at Phillipsburg. 

"This was also monumental and amazing," she recalled "It felt so good to bring it that step closer to home and the finish. I ran on a bit of adrenaline before and after meeting the team."

But then the adrenaline wore off for the Hasbrouck Heights resident and Cliffside Park teacher and coach.

"A bit afterwards, I think I kind of crashed from it and was beginning to really hurt. It was perfect timing because then out popped Leslie Henninger who lives in Bethlehem and has MS."

"She ran with me for a few miles, talked, inspired, motivated, and distracted me for those miles. She cheered me right up and was amazing.  She was so strong and tough and gave me my purpose."

Woyce logged another 29 miles on Tuesday and stopped in Washington, Warren County, NJ. But the miles are beginning to wear on her.

"I have been feeling okay at the finish. Each day I have become more and more tired," she said. "At first I wasn’t sleeping overly well or really able to nap. Not anymore!  I am in a real bed after a real shower in my host family's house and I have been able to sleep. Today I am tired and was for a lot of the day. I will sleep well again tonight that’s for sure."  

"It is great to be back in New Jersey," she said. "I feel like I can really feel how close I am and how much progress I have made. I am excited to start up tomorrow. We shall see where it brings me!" 

Woyce is thankful for the friends who've been with her on the journey, including Cliffside Park High School head cross country coach Lindsey Reggo, and Hasbrouck Heights High School cross country coach Mike Ryan, 

"Lindsey and Mike have been here the whole time...they are great," she said. "I have three other friends Jackie, Lauren, and Shawn that have also been with me every step of the way. Can’t thank them enough. I couldn’t do it without them."

 

Read more about Woyce and her motivation to run at A Sister's Love: Bergen County Coach Runs to Raise Money and Awareness for MS

Day One Jamie's Journey: Day One Done, Six Left in MS Run

Day Two Jamie's Journey: 29 More Miles on Day 2 of the Run for MS

Day Three Jamie's Journey: Surprise Runners Join in on Day Three of MS Run

Donate through Jamie's MS Run the US page. 

 

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