More than 6,000 cyclists are expected to raise $6 million for people affected by multiple sclerosis through the 38th annual Bike MS: City to Shore Ride from Cherry Hill to Ocean City Sept. 23-24.
The two-day ride will take cyclists through flat terrain along the back roads of South Jersey through the blueberry fields of Hammonton and into Ocean City, where the riders are traditionally greeted with fanfare by family, friends and event volunteers, according to organizers.
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Route options between 25 and 180 miles are available. The minimum age to ride is 12.
Hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the ride attracts nearly 100,000 riders who are participating in more than 80 rides nationwide. Cyclists, volunteers, sponsors and donors have raised more than $1 billion to fund research and to improve the lives of people affected by MS, a press release stated.
Multiple sclerosis is an often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis, according to the National MS Society.
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City to Shore riders will include people living with MS, their friends, families and neighbors, corporate teams and individuals.
The will ride kick off 6:30 a.m. Saturday at PATCO's Woodcrest Station, 200 Tindale Drive, Cherry Hill, and finish at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center between Fifth and Sixth streets just off the boardwalk.
For details about routes, fees, fundraising and more or to register as a rider or volunteer see bikems.org or call 855-372-1331.
For information about multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society see nationalmssociety.org or call 800-344-4867.