Cyclists pedal the plains to help create a world free of MS

The North Central States Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society will hold its 25th annual Bike MS: Pedal the Plains August 7-8, 2010.   

Bike MS has been a part of South Dakota history for 25 years. Over 500 participants ride each year in support of those living with multiple sclerosis and their families, with a goal of raising over $150,000. Riders embark on a 150 mile route that takes them from Sioux Falls, SD up to Dakota State University in Madison, SD and back again. Rest stops will be available to riders every 8-10 miles along the route, with the lunch stop located at the Chester School gymnasium.  The mission of the bike MS: Pedal the Plains is to raise awareness and funds for all of those impacted by multiple sclerosis.  Beyond getting exercise participants also enjoy great food, music, massages, and the camaraderie of all of those involved in the event.

For every dollar raised, 60% from bike MS: Pedal the Plains goes towards programs and services for South Dakotan's living with MS and their families.  Some of the services our chapter offers include: Newly Diagnosed Retreats, Financial Assistance, Ask-a-Professional, Wellness/Therapeutic Programs, Women Weekend Retreats, Chore Service Programs and much, much more.  Forty percent of every dollar raised goes directly to research to help find the cause and the cure of multiple sclerosis.  

There are plenty of volunteer opportunities available for those who are interested in helping with this two day event.  If you want to help work at a rest stop location, set up the finish line and greet the riders as they finish, register new participants, or donate home made goodies for the ride, we are looking for you!  

For more information on the bike MS: Pedal the Plains and the North Central States Chapter of the National MS Society, go to www.myMSsociety.org.  To register for the bike MS: Pedal the Plains you can call 605-336-7017 or visit www.myMSbike.org.

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