January 12, 2004
For the 25th year, snowmobile riders and the Minnesota Chapter of the National MS Society are teaming up to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis.
Nearly 100 snowmobile enthusiasts will convene in Ely Feb. 26 to Feb. 29 for a weekend of riding, fun and fundraising. The chapter hopes to raise more than $125,000 on the Rebif MS Sno Rally to fund programs and services for the approximately 7,500 Minnesotans with multiple sclerosis.
Riders who wish to participate will each raise at least $700 for the event. Scott Spinler, 37, of Owatanna was one of last year's top fundraisers.
"We get to come out and ride for three days on great trails, and we help out an excellent cause," said Spinler. "It's a win-win situation. My friends and I look forward to this event every year."
In addition to speeding through the trails of northern Minnesota, riders will have a chance to participate in a variety of activities in the evenings, including guest speakers, a live auction hosted by John Hines of the K102 radio morning show and entertainment.
New in 2004, riders will share the Grand Ely Lodge with the chapter's Men's Getaway program. The Rebif Men's Getaway provides men with MS an opportunity to socialize with other men with MS, build support relationships and learn how to cope with the unpredictability of the disease.
For information about the getaway, call (612) 335-7970. For more information
about the Rebif MS Sno Rally or to register, visit www.msSnoRally.com or
call (612) 335-7900.
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