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2007 Star Tribune MS TRAM Bike Tour route announced

January 23, 2007

Contact: Holly Anderson

MINNEAPOLIS Today the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter announced its 2007 Star Tribune MS TRAM Bike Tour route. The five-day, 300-mile cycling event set for July 22 to 27, will take cyclists through Minnesota’s northern lake country.

The Star Tribune MS TRAM Bike Tour starts Sunday, July 22, in Walker, Minn., located in the Leech Lake area. Event participants spend the night in Walker and start cycling the next day. Monday, cyclists travel along the Heartland Trail and complete the first leg of the journey in Park Rapids, Minn., the gateway to Itasca State Park.

Day two of the Star Tribune MS TRAM features a loop through Itasca State Park, past the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River and back to Park Rapids for a second night. Wednesday, July 25, cyclists travel to Wadena, Minn. , where the prairie meets the woodlands. Thursday participants ride around Otter Tail Lake and into Fergus Falls, Minn., the final overnight site. The last leg of the tour takes participants on an exhilarating ride down the Central Lakes Trail as the tour culminates at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Alexandria, Minn. At the festive finish, riders enjoy a picnic lunch with family and friends.

The event is fully supported and noncompetitive. All roads and trails on the route are hand picked by the National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter. Rest stops with snacks, beverages, support vans and first aid are located every 10 to 15 miles. At the overnights, host towns provide food, camping and entertainment. The National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter anticipates that more than 1,200 cyclists will ride in the 18th annual MS TRAM and raise more than $1 million to help end the devastating effects of MS. A registration fee and $300 minimum pledge are required to participate.

“We are excited to show Star Tribune MS TRAM participants all that Minnesota’s northern lake country has to offer and we are thankful to our host towns for their commitment to the fight against multiple sclerosis,” said David Petroff, MS Bike Tour director at the National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter.



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