Sep 26, 2012
Bike MS: Bike to the Bay 2012 Presented by NRG Energy Expected to Raise Nearly $1 Million Dollars
Rehoboth Beach-- On September 22 and 23, 2012, over 2,000 participants joined the movement to create a world free of MS by participating in the Bike MS: Bike to the Bay 2012 presented by NRG Energy Indian River Generating Station. These participants set a goal to raise nearly $1million for programs and services for Delawareans living with MS, as well as research into the cause of MS, the development of new treatments, and some day soon, a cure. This year, Bike to the Bay still covered 150 miles in Kent and Sussex counties, and cyclists had the choice of six routes - 17, 45, 75, 100, 150, & 175 miles - depending on how much of a challenge they wished to tackle. Additionally, this year’s finish line was relocated to Delaware Seashore State Park, where there was plenty of parking, bath houses, support, and finish line festivities for cyclists.
“We are in this business to put ourselves out of business, and our cyclists help to bring us closer to that goal each year,” said Kate Cowperthwait, President of the Delaware Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “Our organization is so proud to be Delaware’s largest and longest running bike tour, but it’s the cyclists who really do the heavy lifting, both in training and fundraising. A special thanks goes to our volunteers who help maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for the cyclists by donating their time and support.”
Volunteers, including professional bike mechanics, rode in support-and-gear wagons that constantly patrolled the route for cyclists in need. If necessary, the cyclists and their gear were transported to the end of the ride. Volunteers also set up and manned rest stops every 8 to 12 miles along the entire route. Each rest stop was well stocked with beverages, fruit, and high-energy snacks. At the famous Uncle Ted’s rest stop on Route 88 in Milton, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows & Rebekahs also served home-baked goods and their well-known scrapple sandwiches. At the finish line, cyclists enjoyed dinner from Catcher’s Restaurant, Grotto’s Pizza, and Buffalo Wild Wings, a banana split station sponsored by NRG Energy, desserts provided by ShopRite Bakery, and festivities in the team village at Delaware Seashore State Park.
The sponsors of the 2012 Bike to the Bay include:
NRG Energy Indian River Generating Station (Presenting Sponsor)
ATI Physical Therapy
Bank of America
Buffalo Wild Wings
Clear Channel Outdoor
Dave’s Road Bikes
Eastern Mountain Sports
Fresconi, Viscount, and Guariano Families
Henry’s Bicycle Shop
Independent Order of Oddfellows & Rebekahs
Kirby & Holloway
Spallco Car, Truck & Van Rentals
Tom Kovach for Congress
Tom Wagner, Delaware State Auditor
Total Bakery Source
WJBR 99.5 FM
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.