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Northeast Times | November 29, 2021

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CYCLISTS OF ALL AGES SADDLE UP FOR BIKE MS

Nearly 2,000 cyclists committed to stopping multiple sclerosis in its tracks will go the distance during the Metroplex’s largest cycling fundraiser — the two-day Bike MS: Sam’s Club Round-Up Ride May 3-4. Participants will pedal 150+ miles across North Texas with a goal to raise more than $1.8 million for the National MS Society. During the course of the ride, cyclists will be wearing orange bandanas with the signatures of 14 featured Bike MS Champions – people living with MS that embody why we ride and raise funds. Children ages 5 – 14 will be riding in Bike MS, Jr. on Saturday, May 3.

WHEN & WHERE: The commencement program starts Saturday, May 3 at 6:30 a.m. with cyclists departing in waves from MedAssets in Plano beginning at 7:00 a.m. Following an overnight stop at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS), cyclists will begin day two with a special victory lap around the raceway’s inner track, and then head out to Decatur and lasso back around for Sunday’s finish at TMS.

Saturday, May 3

Day 1 Start: 7:00 AM – MedAssets 5543 Legacy Plano, TX 75024

Day 1 Finish*: Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Cir., Ft. Worth, TX 76177

2014 Bike MS, Jr. Geico Ride: 3:30 PM – Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Cir., Ft. Worth, TX 76177

Opening ceremonies will begin at 3:30 pm on May 3 at Lil’ Texas Motor Speedway track and all participants should be checked in and ready to ride with their bikes. The first ride starts at 4:00pm for kids in the 5-8 age bracket followed by the 9-14 age bracket..

Sunday, May 4

Day 2 Start: 7:00 AM – Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Cir., Ft. Worth, TX 76177

Day 2 Finish*: Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Cir., Ft. Worth, TX 76177

*Although Bike MS: Sam’s Club Round-Up Ride is not a timed event (or race), it is common for many riders to finish between 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Route maps are available online.

WHAT & WHY:

Join the National MS Society and 3,000 of our closest friends for Bike MS: Sam’s Club Round-Up Ride May 3 – 4, 2014 as we tour the scenic countryside of North Texas. Riders of all ages (minimum 12 years) and skill levels will set out on this two-day journey starting in Plano and finishing at Texas Motor Speedway. Funds raised support the Society’s goal to address the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research at leading institutions such as UT Southwestern, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

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.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives. In 2012 alone, the Society invested $43 million to support 350 research projects around the world while providing programs and services that assisted more than one million people. The National MS Society serves more than 68,000 Texans affected by multiple sclerosis, including more than 22,000 diagnosed with the disease. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at www.jointhemovment.org. 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.