Bike MS Tour de Farms is one of over 100 rides that happen across the US that raises money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Collectively these rides raise close to 90 million dollars annually with over 100,000 cyclists.
Last year Bike MS: Tour de Farms raised over 1.45 million dollars for the National Multiple Sclerosis, Greater Illinois Chapter. The event attracts over 1,500 riders and volunteers to the city of DeKalb, Ill. The bike ride takes place over two days and 200 miles and offers various route options for all levels of cyclists. This year’s event will take place at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center this weekend, June 10 & 11, 2017. To help bring us all closer to a world free of MS, each event participant agrees to raise the minimum pledge of $300.
Cyclists can choose to ride one or two days, with route options ranging from 15-200 miles. 2017-bike-ms-tour-de-farm-routes_v2-2017.pdf (15 downloads) Riders are fully supported on the routes with rest stops every 10-15 miles and 20 support-and-gear vans along the route. We offer all participants and volunteers breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. On Saturday afternoon as cyclists finish up their ride they are invited over to our annual festival which offers food, bands, beer and more.
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to 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. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.
Visit NMSS.org and bikems for more information.
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