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Bike MS: Cardio Express Ride To Travel Through Portland

July 1, 2013

PORTLAND, Conn. – For a second time, the Riverfront Boathouse in Hartford will host the 2013 Bike MS: Cardio Express Ride, presented by Cashman + Katz, on Sunday, Sept. 8. The city to country ride will pass through picturesque Portland and eight other Connecticut towns.

The 2013 ride marks the 18th anniversary of the Bike MS: Cardio Express Ride. In its history, more than 2,000 cyclists have pedaled over 200,000 miles to raise more than $1 million to support local chapter programs and services as well as scientific research to find a cure for multiple sclerosis. Organizers hope to raise $110,000 from the event.

Peter Rusconi, owner of Cardio Express Fitness Centers, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2004, serves as spokesperson for the ride.

“I know firsthand how MS can affect lives,” said Rusconi, who captains the MS fundraising team known as MS Express. “I encourage others to join us and help move us forward in the fight against this disease.”

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents, like Rusconi, are affected by multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease affecting the central nervous system. The cause is unknown and there is currently no cure for MS. Symptoms can include, among other things, numbness in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness, loss of mobility and, in some more severe cases, total paralysis. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted.

Cyclists will ride 75, 50 or 25 miles into the scenic Connecticut countryside before returning to Hartford. This city to country ride is unique because it is the only bike ride in Connecticut with a route that crosses three bridges: the Founders, Charter Oak and Arrigoni. At the starting line and along the route, bicycle mechanical support will be available.

Registration for this year’s ride is $45 with the minimum fundraising amount per registered rider $175. Participants must be at least 12 years old to ride.

Finish line festivities include music from The Local Suspects, a barbeque, beer tasting compliments of the Olde Burnside Brewing Company, tastings by Peel Liqueurs, and massages by Massage Envy. Vendors such as the Hartford Bicycle Studio and Rel Distributor L.L.C. will be offering frozen fruit popsicles and more.

Check-in for the 75- and 50-mile routes begins at 7 and both rides depart at 7:30 a.m. Check-in for the 25-mile route begins at 9 and the ride takes-off at 9:30 a.m. The Riverfront Boathouse is located in Riverside Park at 20 Leibert Road, in Hartford.

For more information or to register for the Bike MS: Cardio Express Ride, please visit ctfightsMS.org.

About the Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Connecticut Chapter strives to provide knowledge and assistance to help people with MS and their families maintain the highest possible quality of life. These goals are achieved through vital national and local programs.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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