Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Each year, the National MS Society’s Bike MS events bring people together to help create a world free of MS by raising funds and awareness. The funds are used to support programs, services, and MS research. The Society’s National Capital Chapter hosted Bike MS: Ride the Riverside on June 8-9, where 900 cyclists gathered in National Harbor in Fort Washington, Maryland, with a single mission—to end MS.

This year’s two-day ride was the 31st anniversary of the D.C. metropolitan area’s Bike MS, the longest-running cycling event in the area. Bike MS: Ride the Riverside had a variety of routes ranging from 30 miles in one day to up to 132 miles over two days. Together, these dedicated riders raised more than $700,000! At the finish line, participants were met with food and drink along with live music, massages, and lots of cheering fans.

Julie Baker with a teammate
Rider Julie Baker of Fairfax, Virginia, wore an orange tutu and described the Bike MS: Ride the Riverside enthusiastically. “It was a fun course and great atmosphere!” Baker was riding for her daughter, Cora, who diagnosed with MS last year at the age of 20. Baker also mentioned that she planned on riding again next year.

Bike MS: Ride the Riverside with the National Capital Chapter is one of the Society's 100 rides taking place across the United States this year. Over the next few months, riders in all states across the country will bike to create a world free from MS. Are you interested in participating in Bike MS? It may not be too late! Click here to find a ride near you. 

MuckFestMS, a mud and obstacle fun-run, is also in full swing for the summer! Click here to see if you can still participate! 

Thank you to all of the riders, volunteers, and cheering fans who help make Bike MS: Ride the Riverside a success!
Saul Pilchen at the finish!
A furry friend cheers on the cyclists!

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