More than 2,000 bicyclists are expected to join in the 30th Annual Running of the Bike MS: Sam’s Club Round-Up Ride, set for May 6-7 in Fort Worth, Texas. The two-day, 163-mile trek’s objective is to raise $1.8 million in funding for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). Last year, participants pedaled 279,000 miles and raised just over $1.6 million to help fund MS research and programs.
The ride starts at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas, with an overnight stay on the shores of Lake Grapevine. It finishes at Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth. Cyclists will begin rolling across the finish line starting Sunday morning, May 7, and will be treated to a tour-wrap-up party on the Sundance Square Plaza featuring a live band from noon to 4 p.m.
Bike MS, hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, attracts nearly 100,000 participants nationwide with a choice of some 85 ride events. The event marks its 30th anniversary this year. society says that over the years, Bike MS cyclists, volunteers, sponsors and donors have cumulatively raised more than $1 billion to help improve the quality of life for people with MS and to ultimately find a cure.
Bike MS participants include people living with MS, their friends, families, caregivers and neighbors, as well as corporate teams and individuals inspired to support critical MS research. MS patients are also eligible to participate in a special “I Ride with MS” program acknowledging Bike MS cyclists. The event is sponsored nationwide by Primal, Bicycling Magazine and other premier sponsors.
Bicyclists must pay a $50 fee to register. For more information, Call the National MS Society at (800) 344-4867 or Bike MS at (855) 372-1331; email the organization at [email protected], or visit http://bikeMS.org, or http://nationalMSsociety.org.