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Cyclists Gear Up For Greater Cause
WINDSOR, Conn. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Connecticut Chapter is gearing up to host the 26th annual bkm/Steelcase MS Bike Tour, presented by Saab, to be held Sunday, June 3, at Griffin Land in Windsor, Conn. Cyclists select from 2-, 10-, 25-, 50- or 100-mile routes. Good Morning Connecticut anchor Darren Kramer, WTNH News Channel 8, and WRCH Lite 100.5 personality Mike Stacy have been named grand marshals and will host start and finish line festivities.
More than 6,000 Connecticut residents are affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), a potentially debilitating disease affecting the central nervous system. The cause is unknown, and, as a result, there is currently no cure for MS. Connecticut residents can help end the devastating effects of MS. The 2006 event raised a record $230,000, the largest amount raised in its 25-year history. Funds raised through participation in chapter events, such as the bkm/Steelcase MS Bike Tour, ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure and provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to those in Connecticut affected by MS.
Pre-registration for the tour is preferred and available online at http://www.ctfightsms.org/. On-site registration begins at the following times:
· 6:30 a.m. for 100-mile route. Start time is scheduled for 7 a.m.
· 8:30 a.m. for 50-mile route. Start time is scheduled for 9 a.m.
· 9:30 a.m. for 25-mile route. Start time is scheduled for 10 a.m.
· 10:30 a.m. for 10-mile route. Start time is scheduled for 11 a.m.
· 11:30 a.m. for 2-mile route. Start time is scheduled for noon.
Registration fee is $35. There is also a $125 fundraising minimum per rider. The tour will take place rain or shine and includes a finish line barbeque. Volunteers are needed for set-up, rest stop duties, photography and clean-up. For more information on the bkm/Steelcase MS Bike Tour, presented by Saab, please tune to WTNH News Channel 8 or WRCH Lite 100.5. To register or volunteer, please visit http://www.ctfightsms.org/ or call (860) 714-BIKE (2453).
CUTLINE: Cyclists leave the start line for the 100-mile route at the 2006 bkm/Steelcase MS Bike Tour, which raised a record $230,000 the largest amount in the event’s 25-year history.
Karen E. Butler
Vice President of Communications
Greater Connecticut Chapter
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