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3,000 cyclists to participate in Larkin Hoffman MS 150 this weekend

June 6, 2007

Contact: Emily Wilson



Approximately 3,000 cyclists will participate in the Larkin Hoffman MS 150 Bike Tour presented by GMAC ResCap, a 150-mile noncompetitive cycling event from Proctor, near Duluth, to the Twin Cities to help fight multiple sclerosis, Friday, June 8, to Sunday, June 10. Cyclists will cross the finish line Sunday at the National Sports Center in Blaine.



Friday, June 8, to Sunday, June 10



The bike tour starts in Proctor near Duluth Saturday, June 9. Participants spend Saturday night at Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley and cross the finish line Sunday, June 10, at the National Sports Center in Blaine , 1700 105th Ave. N.E.



Finish line Sunday, June 10, at the National Sports Center in Blaine. Most cyclists arrive between noon and 3 p.m . The festive finish features a picnic lunch and cheering friends, family members and volunteers.



The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter is organizing the event. This year the Minnesota Chapter anticipates that approximately 3,000 people will raise more than $2 million to help support MS research and programs and services to help people living with MS in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society funds more MS research, provides more services to people with MS, offers more professional education and furthers more advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. The Minnesota Chapter represents an estimated 9,000 people with MS in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.



Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. 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.


To set up interviews with participants, call Emily at 612-335-7931 or 612-578-4874 (cell).


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