Area Residents Bike to Create a World Free of Multiple Sclerosis

New Jersey - Over one thousand area cyclists will coast through Monmouth and Ocean Counties coming May 22 and 23 as they pedal to help create a world free of multiple sclerosis. This year marks the 19th annual Bike MS "Coast the Coast" Ride organized by the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The crisp ocean air, quaint shore towns and the sound of the Jersey Shore offer cyclists a terrific feeling of clarity and freedom and are some of the reasons cyclists return year after year for this ride. While cyclists ride for many different reasons - camaraderie with other riders, exercise, the challenge, an organized ride, 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.

The chapter is challenging cyclists and volunteers to join the fun in the 19th annual Bike MS Ride. Cyclists can choose from 25, 50, 85 and 170 mile options all starting on Saturday, May 22nd at Monmouth University in West Long Branch. Cyclists will stop for refreshment breaks at many of the most beautiful shore towns that Monmouth and Ocean County have to offer (including: Belmar, Brielle, Lavallette, Toms River, Waretown, Barnegat) on their way to Pinelands Regional Junior High School in Little Egg Harbor to end day one of the 170 mile ride and complete 85 mile ride. Cyclists on the 25 and 50 mile ride will loop the shore towns in Monmouth County and return to Monmouth University that afternoon for their day end finish. Cyclists that choose to complete the full 170-mile ride and those cycling for their first 85-miles on Sunday, will rise early on May 23rd for breakfast at Pinelands Regional High School and hit the to finish the day in Cape May.

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 and volunteers are welcome to register online at bikenjm.nationalMSsociety.org. Upon registering, cyclists 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 <http://www.nationalmssociety.org/njm> .

 

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 Jr. High 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.