Some 1,800 cyclists are setting out to raise $1.8 million toward a world free of MS by riding up to 200 miles over two days. Bike MS: Gateway Getaway Ride will depart from Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey on Sept. 8 and conclude on Sept. 9 after a journey through the Illinois countryside.
“Bike MS is an experience grounded in camaraderie that brings together cyclists of all levels for one reason – to create a world free of MS,” said Eric Page, executive director, National MS Society, Gateway. “Funds raised from this event support cutting-edge MS research as well as programs and services for people living with MS in this community.”
Bike MS: Gateway Getaway is one of nearly 80 rides across the country hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This year, more than 80,000 people are expected to participate in Bike MS nationwide.
Primal and The Pickle Juice Company are Premier National Sponsors of Bike MS. Primal is also the official National Cycling Apparel Sponsor and sponsors “I Ride with MS,” a special program recognizing Bike MS cyclists living with the disease.
Cyclists take off at 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday morning from Lewis and Clark Community College. They will participate in several route options, from 25 to 100 miles.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.