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NOTE TO MEDIA: Reporters are invited and encourage to attend and cover the 27th annual Bike MS: bkm/Steelcase Ride Sunday, June 22, at Sherwood Island in Westport, Conn. Cyclists will pedal up to 62 miles to help raise funds to find a cure for multiple sclerosis. Start times are listed below. To confirm attendance and secure a media pass, please contact Lisa Cook by e-mail at lcook@ctfightsMS.org or by phone at 860-714-2300, ext. 249 or (cell) 203-233-8355.

More than 200 Cyclists Gear Up To Fight MS In Westport Ride

WESPORT, Conn. — The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter is gearing up to host the 27th annual Bike MS: bkm/Steelcase Ride, Sunday, June 22, starting and finishing at Sherwood Island in Westport, Conn. There are currently 236 riders registered for the ride, belonging to 30 teams.

Cyclists can select from 12-, 30- or 62-mile routes.

This year participants can also choose from two dates to ride for a cure. A second Bike MS: bkm/Steelcase Ride will take place Sunday, June 1, at Griffin Center in Windsor, Conn.

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.

Funds raised through participation in chapter events, such as the Bike MS: bkm/Steelcase Ride — formerly the Down To The Sound Ride — 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. The chapter hopes to raise $645,000 this year between the two rides.

Pre-registration for the ride is preferred. To register online go to http://www.ctfightsms.org/. On-site registration begins at the following times:

9:30 a.m. for the 62-mile route. Start time is scheduled for 10 a.m.

10:30 a.m. for the 30-mile route. Start time is scheduled for 11 a.m.

11:30 a.m. for the 12-mile route. Start time is scheduled for 12 p.m.

The registration fee is $35, with a $125 fundraising minimum per rider. The ride will take place rain or shine, and includes a finish-line barbecue. Volunteers are needed for set-up, rest stop duties, photography and clean-up. For more information on the Bike MS: bkm/Steelcase Bike Ride, please tune to WTNH News Channel 8/My TV 9, 95.9 The Fox or WRCH Lite 100.5. To register or volunteer, please visit http://www.ctfightsms.org/ or call 800-FIGHT MS.

For More Information
Contact Lisa Cook
Communications Specialist
Phone: 860.714.2300, ext. 249


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