Apr 30, 2013
For Immediate Release: 4/30/13;
Media Contact: Steve.Sookikian@nmss.org
BIKE MS RIDES THE VINEYARD MAY 4 TO END MS
Bike MS: Ride the Vineyard, presented by Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
24th annual Bike MS Ride in collaboration with Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club
OAK BLUFFS – On Saturday, May 4, 2013, hundreds of cyclists arrive at Martha’s Vineyard from across New England and beyond for a spring tradition called “Bike MS: Ride the Vineyard,” presented by Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. A fundraising bicycle ride that benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club, Ride the Vineyard funds cutting-edge research and treatments to stop progression, restore function, and end MS for future generations, at the same time that it helps each person address the challenges of living with multiple sclerosis. A portion of the ride fundraising also supports on island programs at the Boys & Girls Club. The 24th annual ride starts and finishes at Martha’s Vineyard High School, and offers 60-, 30-, and 15-mile routes to satisfy cycling enthusiasts and casual riders. Check-in opens at 7:30 a.m. Start times are 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. respectively. The 60-mile ride features the cliffs of Aquinnah, the beaches of Katama, and the scenic views of East Chop! A cookout with lively music welcomes riders back to the school for the finish. There is a $35 registration fee, plus riders agree to raise a minimum of $250 each. To ride or volunteer, sign up in-person Friday night, May 3, at Sharky’s Cantina, 266 Upper Main Street in Edgartown, from 6-9 p.m.; or Saturday morning at the high school. Registrations are also accepted by phone, 1 800-344-4867.
In addition to Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Ride the Vineyard is supported by EMD Serono & Pfizer, Powerbar, Cape Cod Bagels, Vineyard Cash N Carry, Cronigs Market, Dippin Donuts, Cape Cod Potato Chips, Data Associates, Premier Education Group (Salter School), Mark’s Moving and Storage, Landry’s Bicycles, Belmont Wheelworks, Back Bay Bicycles, Island Inn, and Clarion of Martha’s Vineyard.
Ride the Vineyard is the first of eight fun and well-supported Bike MS rides offered across Maine, Mass., N.H., and Vermont. Following the Vineyard ride is “Ride Bar Harbor” May 18. On June 29 & 30 is the “Cape Cod Getaway,” sponsored by EMD Serono & Pfizer, a two-day, 150-mile ride from Boston to P’Town. The one-day “Minuteman Ride” is July 20 in Concord, Mass. August 3 & 4 is the “Green Mountain Getaway,” a two-day, 150-mile ride that starts and finishes at University of Vermont in Burlington. August 10 & 11 is the “Great Maine Getaway,” a two-day, 150-mile ride that starts and finishes at University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. August 24 is the one-day “New Hampshire Seacoast Escape” in Stratham. And, the final ride of the season, September 21, is the one-day “Bike & Hike the Berkshires” at Jiminy Peak in Hancock, Mass., featuring the 100-mile Mt. Greylock Challenge, plus shorter rides, and hikes to the Greylock summit. Find registration and ride information, plus robust e-fundraising tools at www.bikeMSgne.org; 1-800-344-4867, bikeMSgne@nmss.org.
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between brain and body and can stop people from moving forward in their lives. 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. MS is typically diagnosed between ages 20 and 50, but teenagers and even young children can have the disease. MS affects women nearly three times more often than men. There are more than 18,000 people with MS in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont; and 2.1 million worldwide. Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800- 344-4867.
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