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The National Muliple Sclerosis Society invites New Mexicans to hop in the saddle and pedal toward a world free of MS during Bike MS: Pedal los Pueblos 2013, presented by Sam’s Club, on Aug. 24-25.
This annual two-day fundraising ride is fully supported from start to finish and features a unique figure eight route through Northern New Mexico; the route starting in West Texas.
Registered cyclists commit to raise a minimum of $250 to fund MS education, programs, services and research that directly impact the lives of those affected by the disease.
“Bike MS is an exciting opportunity for cyclists, sponsors, volunteers and people living with multiple sclerosis to connect to one another and our mission,” said Maggie Schold, Senior Development Manager for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in New Mexico. “The camaraderie and shared experience of raising awareness and funds makes the weekend a truly special experience. With each mile behind us and each dollar raised, we are moving closer to a cure.”
Bike MS: Pedal los Pueblos features an out-and-back route and will kick off at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 from the Cities of Gold Hotel and Casino in Pojoaque. Registration for Bike MS: Pedal los Pueblos is currently $25 until May 31, then will follow the following fee schedule: $35 June 1 to July 14, $45 July 15 to Aug. 25.
Registered cyclists are required to commit to a minimum fundraising pledge of $250. Visit bikeMSnewmexico.org to register to ride, form a team, volunteer, or make a donation.
Bike MS is geared to riders aged 15 years and older and various cycling levels — novice to more experienced.
Additionally, the National MS Society depends on committed volunteers to ensure Bike MS is an enjoyable and well-managed event.
Individuals interested in volunteering can go to bikeMSnewmexico.org for information and to register as a volunteer.
For more information call Maggie Schold, 243-2792 or email at Maggie.Schold@nmss.org; or visit the website at
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and the body.
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 at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease.
MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide, including more than 5,500 New Mexicans diagnosed with the disease.