Parkersburg woman runs Boston Marathon to raise money, awareness of multiple sclerosis

Photo Provided Misti Sims meets with her husband, Jason Bauer, and their son Maxin after she ran in the 2018 Boston Marathon on Monday.

PARKERSBURG — Misti Sims faced the challenge of running 26.2 miles in sleet, pouring rain and 40 mph winds on Monday.

Sims, 41, of Parkersburg was determined to finish the 2018 Boston Marathon, despite having doubts at times whether she could finish.

The weather conditions were terrible, with inches of water on the streets of Boston, Sims said. It was the first time Sims had run a race in the rain.

During the marathon, Sims said, she thought of those who were killed and injured in the bombings at the Boston Marathon five years ago. Her thoughts about those victims made her even more determined to finish the marathon, Sims said.

Sims, who has multiple sclerosis, finished in a time of six hours, 24 minutes and 12 seconds.

Photo Provided Misti Sims of Parkersburg crosses the finish line in a cold, rainy and windy 2018 Boston Marathon on Monday.

Sims ran with the National Multiple Sclerosis Team of 30 people that raised money and awareness about MS. Sims raised $5,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease, which attacks the central nervous system.

Sims said she was contacted in February about joining the MS team in Boston to replace a person who was injured.

Sims has participated in a New York City Marathon and two New York City Half Marathons as a member of the National MS Team. She plans to run in a fifth event for multiple sclerosis, the Chicago Marathon, in 2021.

“The people were amazing,” Sims said, as Boston residents cheered on the 27,000 runners as they passed through the neighborhoods on April 16. The residents also handed the runners oranges and bananas along the race course.

“It was quite a day,” Sims said.

Competing in a long-distance race allows her to see the cities’ neighborhoods, Sims said.

Sims was happy that her husband, Jason Bauer, and their son Maxin, 5, were at the Boston Marathon finish line.

Sims has been able to talk to doctors and researchers who are trying to find a cure for multiple sclerosis.

Sims said she is thankful that her life has been changed for the better, in many ways, through her fundraising and awareness efforts in the MS battle.