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Photo by Laura Inlow, Lewis and Clark Community College
Team Trailblazer rode in the event and has raised more than $8,100 to cure multiple sclerosis. Team members include L&C Director of Adult Education Val Harris and Susan Kidder.
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Lewis and Clark Community College hosted the 2016 Bike MS: Express Scripts Gateway Getaway Ride Sept. 9-11 on the Godfrey campus. L&C President Dale Chapman (right) and Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick cut the ribbon at the start and finish line Sept. 10.
GODFREY — Nearly 3,000 cyclists rode the Riverbend for a cure for multiple sclerosis Sept. 9-11 during the Bike MS: Express Scripts Gateway Getaway Ride 2016, hosted by Lewis and Clark Community College.
Bike MS is a fundraising cycling series for anyone seeking a personal challenge and a world free of multiple sclerosis. Participants have access to bike mechanics, support vehicles, rest stops and a finish line celebration.
This was the event’s second year at Lewis and Clark’s Godfrey campus.
“This was another fantastic year for this event in our community,” said L&C President Dale Chapman, who cut the ribbon at the start and finish line with Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick.
Friday’s rain failed to dampen cyclists’ spirits, and by Saturday and Sunday the weather cleared up, creating favorable conditions for riders –– including those on Team Trailblazer.
Last year, the Trailblazers raised $5,400 through individual sponsorships. So far this year, they’ve raised more than $8,100. Fundraising continues through Oct. 14.
“I was excited to see Team Trailblazer grow this year in terms of riders and total dollars raised,” L&C Vice President of Media and Foundation Relations Lori Artis said. “This was my first year riding, and it was great to experience the total event this year. I have a newfound appreciation for all the cyclists who take part in this charitable ride.”
Participating cyclists covered their choice of 25-, 50-, 75- and 100-mile routes Sept. 10-11. Saturday’s routes took riders through Fosterburg, Prairietown, Livingston, Hamel, Edwardsville, Wanda, Bethalto, Worden, New Douglas and Old Ripley. Sunday’s routes turned north through Brighton, Shipman, Wilsonville, Staunton, Bunker Hill, Fosterburg, Carlinville and Gillespie.
Even local riders got the chance to discover new territory.
“Although I am a resident of this area, the ride gave me a new appreciation for how remarkable this region truly is,” Artis said. “I discovered some back roads I have never been on before and experienced a camaraderie with my fellow teammates and other Bike MS cyclists who enjoyed the experience as much as I did. Funding research toward a cure for MS is such an incredible cause. I was proud to be a part of it this year, and I am really looking forward to next year’s event.”
Attracting more than 100,000 participants nationwide, Bike MS is the largest fundraising cycling series in the United States. Bike MS participants include people living with MS, their friends, families and neighbors, as well as corporate teams and individuals who are driven to help end MS.
Next year’s event is already scheduled for Sept. 9-10 at Lewis and Clark’s Godfrey campus.
Sign up for next year’s ride: advnews.link/2cF26CD
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MS information: nationalMSsociety.org