The Walking Spondies

Living Abroad with Ankylosing Spondylitis in Japan

In November of 2015 I packed my things, moved out of my apartment, sold my car, and went to Japan. It’s a cliche expat story, but it’s mine! Any person would be nervous about a move of that magnitude. New language, new culture, new job, new home, new everything. I had to move my AS there with me too, so in addition to all that I had to worry about a new doctor, a new climate, and a whole new lifestyle. Allow me to paint you a picture of then and now. Virginia, USA I wake up early, 5:30 or… Read More »Living Abroad with Ankylosing Spondylitis in Japan

Walk Your AS Off World Arthritis Day 2016 – RECAP

The Walk AS One community stood tall this year to raise awareness for Ankylosing Spondylitis on World Arthritis Day 2016. Our teams walked 1,287,797 steps in ONE DAY to raise awareness for Ankylosing Spondylitis on World Arthritis Day, which was on October 12, 2016. Our Not-So-Silent auction raised the money we need to redo our Walk Your AS Off site with an integrated step count system with FitBit, so we’re going to be starting on that shortly. Our site will be much easier to manage for Walk Your AS Off 2017, so get ready for our best year yet! It’s… Read More »Walk Your AS Off World Arthritis Day 2016 – RECAP

Stars To Mars Step Stats – May 4th to May 15th

May 4rd to May 15th Step Stats Hello, everyone. We have been pretty busy here at Walk AS One, but we haven’t been neglecting our step stats. These are the team stats for May 4th to May 15th 2016. We have two weeks left to walk our AS off, and we want to hear from you. If you have a story that you would like to share or a photo, please contact us at info@walkasone.org! It’s interesting to note that our top teams have all doubled their team step counts in just a few short weeks. The Orange Apples, led… Read More »Stars To Mars Step Stats – May 4th to May 15th

Stars To Mars Step Stats April 2016 to May 3rd

April 1, 2016 to May 3rd Step Stats Hello, everyone. We have been pretty busy here at Walk AS One, but we haven’t been neglecting our step stats. These are the team stats for April 1st to May 3rd, 2016. 1st Place – 18,160,498 steps – AS Buzzers – Great Britain   2nd Place – 5,617,695 steps – The Walking Spondies – Taiwan 3rd Place – 4,655,163 steps – Perseverance Warriors Against AS – US 4th Place – 3,770,765 steps – AS Busters – Canada 2,070,728 The Classy Walkers 1,869,660 AS Kickers 1,657,878 Endurance for AS 1,495,512 Assie Walkers (Australia) 1,363,701 Ria’s… Read More »Stars To Mars Step Stats April 2016 to May 3rd

World AS Day in Taiwan with The Walking Spondies

Hi Everyone! My name is Carrie Kellenberger and I’m Team Captain of The Walking Spondies. I thought I’d take the time to update you all on what our team got up to on World AS Day, which is always held on the first Saturday of May each year. This year, World AS Day fell on Saturday, May 7th, and we decided to host our second Walk Your AS Off team event at Da’An Forest Park in Taipei. This was our second team walking event for 2016, and we decided to host a potluck picnic in the park for the afternoon… Read More »World AS Day in Taiwan with The Walking Spondies

The Walking Spondies: Jungle Trekking in Thailand

Team Captain’s Note from Carrie Kellenberger: I’d like to introduce my friends, Dean and Hedway. They recently vacationed in Thailand and were kind enough to think of contributing a massive hike in Thailand for The Walking Spondies. Thank you both so much for even entertaining the thought of doing a hike for The Walking Spondies this month while you were vacationing in beautiful Thailand. We appreciate your support so much. I’ve done a number of jungle treks in Asia. This one looks terrifying, but what an incredible view! Here is Dean’s recap: I wanted to use some of my time on vacation… Read More »The Walking Spondies: Jungle Trekking in Thailand

The LOVE Run in Taipei – The Walking Spondies

On May 15, 2015, two members from The Walking Spondies participated in the LOVE Run in Taipei, Taiwan to help raise awareness for Ankylosing Spondylitis and associated diseases. Together, they logged over 30,000 steps during their race for our team. David Mitchell from Scotland and Saou-Wen Su from Taiwan, along with over 3,000 other marathoners, began their race at 7am on Saturday morning. David completed the half-marathon 21km course in under two hours. He placed 37th out of 3020 participants. Woo-hoo, David! What an incredible accomplishment. During that time, he logged 22,052 steps for our team. Saou-Wen ran the 7km course and donated 7,797 steps. Way… Read More »The LOVE Run in Taipei – The Walking Spondies

The Walking Spondies Night Walker April Event Recap

Hi folks! I’m Carrie Kellenberger, and I’m Team Captain of The Walking Spondies in Taiwan. We’re an international team comprised of walkers from Canada, the US, the UK, Taiwan, and Australia. We held our first official Walk Your AS Off/WalkASOne event on Thursday, April 16th at CKS Memorial Hall in Taipei. This was also our first organized team walk, and we chose to host a night walk at the suggestion of one of our team runners, David Mitchell. Thank you for the fantastic idea, David, and thank you for getting there early to track the time and distance. Setting personal goals and… Read More »The Walking Spondies Night Walker April Event Recap