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Bike MS: Star Tribune TRAM 2008 route announced

Dec. 13, 2007

Contact: Emily Wilson

MINNEAPOLIS— Today the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter announced the 2008 Bike MS: Star Tribune TRAM route. This year, The Ride Across Minnesota — a five-day, 300-mile bike ride set for July 20 to 25 — takes cyclists through Minnesota’s Iron Range and the North Shore of Lake Superior.

The 19th annual ride, which raises funds to help create a world free of MS, kicks off Sunday, July 20, in Grand Rapids, Minn. Monday, July 21, cyclists ride along the Mesabi Trail toward Chisholm, Minn. Day two features a loop through George Washington State Forest and Superior National Forest and back to Chisholm for a second night.

Wednesday, July 23, Bike MS cyclists ride to Biwabik, Minn., before heading to Lake Superior Thursday, July 24, for the final overnight in Two Harbors, Minn. The final leg of the ride takes cyclists along scenic Highway 61 down the North Shore of Lake Superior, crossing the finish line at the University of Minnesota—Duluth campus.

The National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter anticipates more than 1,000 cyclists will bike to create a world free of MS at the 2008 Bike MS: Star Tribune TRAM. They will raise more than $1 million to support programs and services for the estimated 9,000 people with MS in Minnesota and western Wisconsin and fund research for a cure.

Bike MS 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. A registration fee and $300 minimum pledge are required to participate. To register, visit http://www.mstram.com/.

About Bike MS events

The National MS Society believes that moving is not just something you can or can’t do, but rather is who you are. This is why we sponsor events like Bike MS — to raise funds for research, as well as comprehensive programs and services for people with MS — moving closer to a world free of MS. The Star Tribune TRAM is one of three Minnesota Chapter Bike MS events. Other Bike MS events include the Allianz Twin Cities Ride, a one-day, 30- or 60-mile ride in Maplewood, Minn., May 10, and the Larkin Hoffman MS 150 Ride, a 150-mile ride from Duluth to the Twin Cities, June 6 to 8.

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