Sep 12, 2012
Rehoboth Beach, DE -- Due to the ever-growing popularity of Bike MS: Bike to the Bay, more than 1,800 cyclists will pedal their way from Dover to Delaware Seashore State Park, on September 22nd and 23rd. That’s more than 1,800 cyclists on the same roads as beach-goers, residents and shoppers. This year’s event will feature a new Saturday finish at Delaware Seashore State Park, just south of Dewey Beach, DE. The finish line and related activities will require the full use of Tower Ocean Parking lot, which will be closed to the general public. During these times, cyclists will be entering and exiting Tower Ocean and a large celebration will be taking place.
If you are planning a visit to Delaware Seashore State Park the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd, you should consider an alternate location such as South Inlet Day Area, just south of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. Or Fenwick Island State Park, which is just far enough south to miss the event congestion.
Additionally, please use caution when driving on Route 1 in surrounding areas. For more information, call (302) 655-5610 or visit www.BikeToTheBay.org.
About Bike MS: Bike to the Bay
A choice of rides—Bike MS: Bike to the Bay actually comprises six rides. The 17-mile ride which begins in Milton, Delaware. The 45-mile ride which begins at Lake Forest High School in Felton. And the 75 and 100 mile rides which begins at the Terry Campus of Delaware Technical & Community College in Dover. The ever-popular 150-mile ride also begins at Del Tech on Saturday, September 22nd and cyclists retrace the route back to Dover on Sunday, September 23rd. Avid cyclists have the option to tackle the 175 mile route as well.
Fundraising support—Whether riding as an individual or on a team, each cyclist receives a lot of support for fundraising efforts from the Delaware Chapter. Cyclists must raise a minimum $250 to participate in the ride, but the Delaware Chapter is here to help. Contact Teams Coordinator Linda Risk at Linda.Risk@nmss.org or call (302) 655-5610 for fundraising assistance. The goal is to raise $1 million for MS research as well as the programs and services needed by the more than 1,550 Delawareans with multiple sclerosis.
Support on the road—More than 200 compassionate and enthusiastic Delaware Chapter volunteers work tirelessly over the two-day weekend to maintain a safe and enjoyable route for all the cyclists. These volunteers also set up and man rest stops every 8 to 12 miles along the route. Each rest stop is well stocked with beverages, fruit, and high-energy snacks. Professional bike mechanics and support-and-gear wagons constantly patrol the route for cyclists in need. If necessary, the cyclist and his or her gear are transported to the end of the ride. Overnight accommodations in local hotels are also available. In other words, the Delaware Chapter tries to anticipate and meet the cyclists’ every need.
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. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with the disease. 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 400,000 people in the U.S. and over 2.1 million worldwide.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS. In 2011 alone, through our national office and 50-state network of chapters, we devoted $164 million to programs and services that improved the lives of more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $40 million to support more than 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world. We are people who want to do something about MS now. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org. In Delaware, call (302) 655-5610. Or visit www.MSdelaware.org.