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Thousands of cyclists return to Godfrey this week in fight against MS


GODFREY – Nearly 3,000 cyclists will descend on Lewis and Clark Community College’s Godfrey Campus this weekend to again ride the River Bend for a world free of multiple sclerosis.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Bike MS: Gateway Getaway Ride will take place Sept. 9-11 at LCCC for the second year in a row after its relocation from Columbia, Mo.

“We wanted to bring the event a bit closer to home for some of our St. Louis area participants,” said Randy Adler, event experience senior coordinator with the National MS Society. “We got such great feedback about last year’s event that we’re very excited to return to campus this year.”

Bike MS is the premier fund-raising cycling series of its type in the U.S.  All participants have access to bike mechanics, support vehicles, rest stops, a finish line celebration and much more. Bicyclists begin setting up camp Friday night.

Cyclists, who have been hard at work raising a minimum of $300 in sponsorships to support cutting-edge MS research and life-changing programs and services for people living with MS, will cover their choice of 25, 50, 75 and 100-mile routes on Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11. Saturday’s routes will take riders through Fosterburg, Prairietown, Livingston, Hamel, Edwardsville, Wanda, Bethalto, Worden, New Douglas and Old Ripley. Sunday’s routes turn north through Brighton, Shipman, Wilsonville, Staunton, Bunker Hill, Fosterburg, Carlinville and Gillespie.

To learn more about this year’s Bike MS: Gateway Getaway Ride, or to register today, visit or call 1 (855) 372-1331.

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