Bike MS “Coast the Coast” Challenges New Jersey to Put the Pedal to the Metal

The NJ Metro Chapter of the National MS Society Presents the 2010 Bike MS Ride Series

New Jersey There’s a terrific feeling of “freedom” when biking along the Jersey Shore.  The cooler morning air when the mist begins to burn off is one of the best times of day to pedal near the beach.  This feeling is what draws hundreds of participants to the annual Bike MS “Coast the Coast” event.

The New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is challenging bike riders to join the 19th Annual Bike MS “Coast the Coast” ride, and experience the ride of a lifetime.

As one of New Jersey’s premier cycling events, Bike MS “Coast the Coast” participants will pedal through coastal towns, while enjoying all of the sights and sounds of the Jersey Shore. While cyclists ride for many different reasons – camaraderie with other riders, exercise, the challenge, an organized tour, or fundraising – their efforts cumulatively aid in contributing toward the creation of a world free of multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease of the central nervous system.

On May 22nd and 23rd, Bike MS “Coast the Coast” will kick off the summer, providing a great biking experience for novice through expert cyclists. Community members are invited to be part of this yearly tradition that continues to provide fun and goals for family teams and competitive cyclist teams alike. From the family fun 25-mile ride, to the endurance challenge of the 170-mile ride, the Bike MS “Coast the Coast” ride truly offers a weekend of enjoyment and fitness for everyone.

Riders Enjoy Shore Scenery and Bike Support

As individual and team cyclists pedal segments or the full distance from Monmouth to Cape May, they will witness some of the most beautiful scenery that the Jersey coastline has to offer, all while enjoying a fully supported and inspirational event. The events have refreshment stations, bike repair support crews, first aid professionals, and support vans to aid riders on the courses.

“Each year, the Coast the Coast ride grows because it offers an opportunity for both experienced and new cyclists to be a part of a cycling event that incorporates elements of fitness, scenery, and fun,” said Mary Beth Maclearie, Director of Bike MS for the National MS Society – New Jersey Metro Chapter. “It is our hope that a record-breaking number of people in the community will be inspired to partake in this unforgettable ride.”

All funds raised from the event will support critical MS research programs and fund local programs and services for those who are impacted by the disease, including more than 13,000 people in New Jersey and more than 400,000 people nationwide.

Cyclists are welcome to register online at www.bikenjm.nationalMSsociety.org. Upon registering, they will have access to online fundraising tools, making fundraising easier and more convenient than ever. Now is the time to join the movement.

The Bike MS “Coast the Coast” is the first of the NJ Metro Chapter’s three-part Bike MS Ride Series. The “Hops to Hops” ride (Sept. 12th)  and the “Great N.J. Country Bike Ride” (Sept. 25th & 26th) will finish off the series in early fall.

For more information about Bike MS, please contact Marybeth Maclearie at (732) 660-1005 or visit bikenjm.nationalMSsociety.org.

 

What: Bike MS Coast the Coast” Ride

170 Mile Ride (2 day ride)

85 Mile Ride (Ride either Saturday and Sunday)

50 Mile Ride

25 Mile Ride

When:          Saturday, May 22nd 2010

Registration 170 & 85 Mile Ride – 7:00 AM
Registration 50 Mile Ride - 8:00 AM

Registration 25 Mile Ride - 9:00 AM

Sunday, May 23rd 2010

Registration 85 Mile Ride – 6:30 AM

 

 

Where:         Saturday Start - Monmouth University – Boylan Gym

400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, NJ

Sunday Start – Pinelands Regional School

590 Nugentown Road, Little Egg Harbor, NJ

 

About the National MS Society

The National MS Society is a movement by and for people with MS.  The Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education and provides programs and services that help people with MS and their families to move their lives forward.  MS stops people from moving.  We exist to make sure it doesn’t.