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Bike MS: Star Tribune TRAM returns to Two Harbors in 2008

Jan. 30, 2007
Contact: Emily Wilson

MINNEAPOLIS — Two Harbors welcomes back the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter’s 2008 Bike MS: Star Tribune The Ride Across Minnesota. This year, The Ride Across Minnesota — a five-day, 300-mile bike ride set for July 20 to 25 — will take 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 multiple sclerosis, kicks off Sunday, July 20, in Grand Rapids. Monday, July 21, cyclists ride along the Mesabi Trail toward Chisholm. Day two features a loop through George Washington State Forest and Superior National Forest and back to Chisholm for a second night.

Bike MS cyclists arrive in Biwabik Wednesday, July 23, before heading to Lake Superior for the final overnight in Two Harbors, a 2005 host city of the ride. The final leg of the ride takes cyclists along Highway 61 down the scenic 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 and 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. For more information, visit http://www.bikems.org/ or call 1-800-582-5296.

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.

To learn about volunteer opportunities in Two Harbors for the Bike MS: Star Tribune TRAM, contact Will Ziegenhagen at 612-335-7992 or wziegenhagen@mssociety.org.

MS Awareness Week

March 10 to 17 marks the nationwide MS Awareness Week. The Minnesota Chapter encourages people throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin to join the movement to end MS and help people affected by the disease move forward. There are countless ways to help spread awareness about MS, including registering for a bike ride, walk or motorsport event, volunteering for a Minnesota Chapter program or event, making your mark against MS at http://www.themsmovement.org/ or simply telling five people it’s MS Awareness Week and encouraging them to get involved in the MS movement. For information about volunteer opportunities or activities in your community during MS Awareness Week, contact Jenna Washnieski at 612-335-7981 or jwashnieski@mssociety.org.

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