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Star Tribune MS TRAM to raise more than $1 million to help end MS

July 11, 2007

Contact: Emily Wilson

MINNEAPOLIS— Approximately 1,200 cyclists will ride 300 miles through Minnesota’s northern lake country July 22 to 27 as part of the 18th annual Star Tribune MS TRAM, a five-day bike tour to help end multiple sclerosis.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter is organizing the event and anticipates cyclists will raise more than $1 million to help fund programs and services for people living with MS in Minnesota and western Wisconsin and research for a cure.

The Star Tribune MS TRAM Bike Tour starts Sunday, July 22, in Walker, Minn. Participants start cycling Monday, July 23, along the Heartland Trail and complete the first leg of the journey in Park Rapids, Minn. Day two features a loop through Itasca State Park, past the headwaters of the Mississippi River and back to Park Rapids for a second night.

Wednesday, July 25, cyclists travel to Wadena, Minn. Thursday participants ride around Otter Tail Lake and into Fergus Falls, Minn. The last leg of the tour takes participants down the Central Lakes Trail as the tour culminates at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Alexandria, Minn.

The event is fully supported and noncompetitive. A $75 registration fee and $300 minimum pledge are required to participate. For more information or to register, visit http://www.mstram.com/ or call 1-800-FIGHT-MS.


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