Bike MS Will Bring Together Thousands in Washington State on September 8 and 9
August 8, 2012
Sent to Bicycle Paper from Laurel Bennett
Mount Vernon, Wash. – Cyclists across Washington are invited to Mount Vernon on September 8 and 9 to experience one of the most challenging and unforgettable rides in the United States. Bike MS presented by Point B, a fundraiser benefitting the National MS Society, Greater Northwest Chapter, is one of the fastest growing and largest organized cycling series, ranking among the top 100 events in the country.
The Chapter anticipates more than 2,000 cyclists will converge for this annual event, which raises funds to advance multiple sclerosis research and provide programs and services to people living with MS and their families. This year’s goal is $1.8 million.
Starting at the Skagit County Fairgrounds, Bike MS takes cyclists on an unforgettable, two-day journey through scenic Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties. Riders can test their endurance on several dynamic courses each day, ranging from 22 to 97 miles, offering views of stunning landscapes as well as access to several stocked rest stops. All routes start and finish at the fairground’s Rider Village. Meals are provided and cyclists will have the opportunity to enjoy spirited post-cycling festivities, including music and a beer garden.
“This is a great event for friends, family and co-workers to join together for an exciting physical challenge, while helping make a difference in the lives of the many people living with MS in our community,” said Patty Shepherd-Barnes, president of the Greater Northwest Chapter. “As riders and teams gear up for the event, we also encourage them to invite their friends to join in the fun and the ride.”
The minimum donation to participate is $250. With online support from the Greater Northwest Chapter, it’s easy to start a new team and recruit team members, join an existing team, and raise pledges from friends, colleagues and family members. Bike MS also is a great way for corporations and businesses to support a local cause while fostering networking and team spirit and boosting morale.
For more information on this year’s event or to register, visit www.bikeMSnorthwest.org or call 800-344-4867.
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